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Hot off the press! Read Dr. Ford's most recent article: An Update on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents.

by ATS Staff on 07/03/14

An Update on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents

July 2014


Recent violent tragedies in schools, universities, and in public spaces have focused increased attention on the symptoms and consequences of maladaptive traumatic stress and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents. Child maltreatment and its consequences continue to be prevalent in the United States. Recent changes to diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual , 5th edition (DSM-5 ) identify new criteria for PTSD in young children as well as in school age children and adolescents. There is a growing body of knowledge about what psychological treatments are effective in children. Pediatricians are often the first to identify and treat traumatized children. 1

An update on this topic is relevant because data show that only 18% of primary care pediatricians’ self-report adequate knowledge of childhood PTSDs, and only 10% report frequent experience in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress symptoms.2


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1University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Health Care Center, Farmington, CT, USA

2Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA