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The science of horror: post-traumatic stress in children and adolescents

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  • UserRichard Meiser-Stedman, Clinical Psychologist & MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
  • ClockWednesday 12 March 2014, 13:00-14:00
  • HouseCombination Room, Wolfson College.

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Exposure to trauma is a common experience in childhood; there are approximately two million child and adolescent attendances at hospital Emergency Departments each year, and at least 50,000 children are on an “at-risk” register at any given time. The past twenty years has seen a spectacular increase in the study of children’s reactions to such experiences. In this talk I will outline how mental health researchers now conceptualise children’s reactions to life-threatening experiences (such as road traffic accidents, assaults and war), with a “warts and all” emphasis on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I will then review the psychological mechanisms proposed to be underpinning persistent PTSD and the evidence for psychological treatments for this disorder in youth.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Lunchtime Seminar Series - Wednesdays of Full Term series.

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