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Maternal PTSD Ups Risk in Children

Maternal PTSD Ups Risk in ChildrenA new study indicates that a child is more likely to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) if his/her mother has the condition.

As published in the Journal of Depression & Anxiety, researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) found that while fewer than 10 percent (8.4 percent) of the mothers were suffering from PTSD, more than a fifth (21 percent) of their children presented PTSD symptoms.

Researchers also discovered that children who developed PTSD symptoms had more psychosomatic complaints such as constipation, diarrhea and headaches.

“This study reinforces the existing body of knowledge regarding the importance of evaluating and treating parental responses in time of stress,” the researchers explain.

“Parents are often the key to understanding children’s responses generally and specifically in times of stress. The study also highlights the close interrelations between ‘body and soul’ among children and adults.”

In the study, some 160 mothers of preschool children were interviewed about symptoms exhibited by their children and their own responses during Operation Cast Lead.

Residents of Southern Israel experienced the impact of more than 750 rockets (fired from Gaza) from December 2008 to January 2009.

Working with the Preschool Psychiatric Unit at Soroka University Medical Center, the BGU researchers examined the relationship between PTSD symptoms and socio-demographic, family attributes and psychosomatic symptoms among children exposed to Grad missile attacks.

Source: American Associates, Ben-Gurion University

Maternal PTSD Ups Risk in Children

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Maternal PTSD Ups Risk in Children. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 19, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2013/11/29/maternal-ptsd-ups-risk-in-children/62621.html

 

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