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Media exposure predicts children's reactions to crime and terrorism.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19042776     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this study we examined reactions to 3 news events (September 11 terrorist attacks, Summer 2002 kidnappings, and Fall 2002 sniper shootings) in a national, representative sample of children aged 2 to 17. Media exposure was related to increased worry and changes in activities, with September 11 creating the most concern and shootings the least. More signs of stress were apparent among 10- to 13-year-olds, minority children and those of low socioeconomic status, children with prior adversities, and children who lived in close geographical proximity. Girls aged 10 to 17 had more reaction to the kidnappings, suggesting that other features of target similarity may heighten a sense of risk. The results support moderating exposure for both younger and older youth.
Kathryn A Becker-Blease; David Finkelhor; Heather Turner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of trauma & dissociation : the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD)     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1529-9740     ISO Abbreviation:  J Trauma Dissociation     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-01     Completed Date:  2009-05-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100898209     Medline TA:  J Trauma Dissociation     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  225-48     Citation Subset:  IM    
Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child Development
Child, Preschool
Crime Victims
Mass Media / statistics & numerical data*
Minority Groups / statistics & numerical data
Observer Variation
Photic Stimulation
Prospective Studies
Socioeconomic Factors
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / epidemiology*

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