Assessing the impact of september 11th, 2001, on children, youth, and parents: Methodological challenges to research on terrorism and other nonnormative events

Elizabeth T. Gershoff, J. Lawrence Aber

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Abstract

The goals of helping individuals in particular and society in general understand and treat the effects of terrorism on the mental health of children are often at odds with practical obstacles and institutional reservations to mounting rigorous studies. There are numerous methodological challenges to conducting research on the impacts of terrorism, particularly the impacts on children. The chaotic aftermath of a terrorist attack, as well as the need to allow survivors to cope with personal injury, and loss of property, usually preclude researchers from interviewing survivors immediately after an attack unless the research method is part of the provision of emergency services. Research to date on the impacts of the September 11th terrorist attacks on children and youth confirms the role of media exposure in causing distant trauma. Parents, teachers, and school administrators may understandably be wary that research questions about a terrorist attack may revive fears and worries among children who were on the path to recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPart I
Subtitle of host publicationAssessing the Impact of September 11th, 2001, on Children, Youth, and Parents in the United States: Lessons From Applied Developmental Science: A Special Issue of Applied Developmental Science
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages106-110
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781135066970
ISBN (Print)9780805895117
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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    Gershoff, E. T., & Aber, J. L. (2018). Assessing the impact of september 11th, 2001, on children, youth, and parents: Methodological challenges to research on terrorism and other nonnormative events. In Part I: Assessing the Impact of September 11th, 2001, on Children, Youth, and Parents in the United States: Lessons From Applied Developmental Science: A Special Issue of Applied Developmental Science (pp. 106-110). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203764336-1