The effect of war and political violence on the mental health of children and adults is well established, and usually presents as post-traumatic stress disorder. 10 We have assessed the nature and severity of emotional problems in Palestinian children living in the midst of fighting, but in their own well known environment.
Children living in war zones can express acute distress from various traumatic events through emotional problems that are not usually recognised. Health professionals and other agencies coming in contact with children who have been affected by war and political violence need to be trained in detection and treatment of such presentations.
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Results: Palestinian children were exposed to different types of war-traumatic events. The number of exposed traumatic events was independently associated with the severity of post-traumatic symptoms scores or the diagnosis of PTSD, while perceived parenting support was found to act as a protective factor in this association.
Emotional problems in Palestinian children living in a war zone: a cross sectional study. By A.A.M. Thabet, Y. Abed and Panos Vostanis No …
severity of emotional problems in Palestinian children whose Emotional problems in Palestinian children living in a war zone: a cross-sectional study Abdel Aziz Mousa Thabet, Yehia Abed, Panos Vostanis School of Public Health, Al-Quds University, Gaza Strip, Palestine
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A different study showed that the incidence of post-traumatic stress in 121 Palestinian children exposed to bombings was twice as high as results found in the previous study; 87% exhibited moderate to severe PTSD (Qouta et al., 2003). All of these studies found a high incidence of PTSD in children exposed to situations of war and conflict.