Children at Risk

Following a traumatic event such as the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, or a natural disaster or trauma, children and teens most at risk for PTSD are those who directly witnessed the event, suffered from direct personal consequences (such as the death of a parent, injury to self), had other mental health or learning problems prior to the event, and lack a strong social network. Issues that tend to put people at higher risk for developing PTSD include increased duration of a traumatic event, and higher severity of the trauma experienced. In addition to those risk factors, children and adolescents with violence in the home have a greater risk of developing PTSD after a traumatic event.