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Post-traumatic stress disorder in child witnesses to domestic violence.

15 Aug
Post-traumatic stress disorder in child witnesses to domestic violence.
In an article in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Kilpatrick and Williams of the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, compared 20 children, ages 6-12, who had witnessed domestic violence in the home, to 15 who had not, examining them for signs of post traumatic stress. They determined that witnessing violence was a significant predictor of PTSD.

Citation: Kilpatrick KL and Williams LM, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Child Witnesses to Domestic Violence, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 1997 Oct;67(4):639-44.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award