Category: Jonathan Comer

Eye On Education: BU Studies Effects Of Marathon Bombings On Children

April 7th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jonathan Comer, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Jonathan Comer, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

Dealing with a tragedy is tough for everyone, but it is particularly challenging for children who are trying to find their way in the world. Psychologists say many of the effects of a traumatic event like the Boston Marathon bombings emerge between six months to a year after a person is exposed…

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“Here was an opportunity to study a high profile terrorist attack that intentionally targeted a child and family event. This was not an office building.”

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Support ‘helpers’ on crisis duty

April 6th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jennifer Greif Green, Jonathan Comer, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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By Jennifer Greif Green, School of Education and
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In the days following the Boston Marathon bombing, this quote by Fred Rogers circulated on websites and through social media: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ ”…

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Children struggle in aftermath of Marathon attack

August 11th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jonathan Comer, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Jonathan Comer, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

In the panicked moments after he heard the bombs explode, Cole Keenan saw the plumes of smoke, watched in fear as throngs of spectators began rushing toward him, and worried about his mother, who was running the Marathon and approaching the finish line…

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“The psychological toll can be just as debilitating as physical injuries, when considering that PTSD is associated with a host of long-term negative outcomes, including substance abuse, depression, and elevated rates of suicide. It’s also associated with poorer educational outcomes, including decreased academic performance and increased dropouts.”

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Survey takes stock of bombings’ effect on children

July 14th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jonathan Comer, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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A team of Boston University researchers is conducting a survey this summer focusing on Watertown and Framingham parents and teachers to determine whether being geographically close to traumatic events — such as those related to the Boston Marathon bombings — leads children and teens to develop stress disorders…

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“Kids closer to the attack weren’t necessarily showing a large number of symptoms. Due to television and other media exposure, kids could be far away and still meet the criteria for PTSD. The traditional bull’s-eye model, where you have to be closer to the epicenter to have higher symptoms, doesn’t necessarily hold true.”

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CT school shooting: Impact on children

December 14th, 2012 in 2012, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jonathan Comer, Newsmakers, WHDH 0 comments

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Child psychologist speaks about Conn. Shooting

December 14th, 2012 in 2012, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jonathan Comer, Newsmakers, WHDH 0 comments

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Jonathan Comer, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

A local psychologist says there is one word parents need to remember as local school kids learn of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut: communication…

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Parents Outraged Over Use Of Isolation Room At Lexington School

September 12th, 2012 in 2012, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jonathan Comer, Newsmakers, WBZ-TV 0 comments

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The father of a former Lexington public school student says his daughter is still traumatized by memories from six years ago…

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