January 11, 2010
The Center’s behavioral researchers recently published research in the Journal of Traumatic Stress showing that, one month after their child was injured, 37 percent of parents experienced acute stress disorder or significant traumatic stress symptoms. Of those parents 15 percent displayed longer-term symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) more than six months after the initial injury. To help families bounce back from a child’s injury, Center Researchers have created www.AfterTheInjury.org
May 27, 2009
To help parents deal with kids’ injuries in the summer and year-round, a team of expert behavioral researchers, trauma surgeons and trauma nurses launched a new website, www.AfterTheInjury.org
. Taking the the best from science and practice, the new site lets parents watch brief videos, download tip sheets, and create a personalized care plan based on their child’s individual situation. The website was developed based on nearly a decade of research
on childhood injury and its emotional effect on kids and their parents.
February 1, 2008
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia received a $50,000 grant to help prevent traumatic stress in children after an injury. Researchers at the Center are working with injured children and their families to develop effective screening tools and interventions that can be integrated into hospital trauma care. They are developing a state-of-the-art interactive Web site that will provide parents with easy access to credible information, tips, and practical tools to help support their injured children’s emotional recovery.
November 7, 2005
In a national study of children in motor vehicle crashes, researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia report that traumatic stress can occur without injury. Looking at a wide range of crashes reported to State Farm Insurance Companies®, researchers found that while most children did well, two percent of them and five percent of their parents experienced multiple traumatic stress symptoms that disrupted their lives. Researchers urge clinicians to screen children and their parents after any crash experience.
June 3, 2002
In 90 percent of families with children injured in a traffic crash, the child or a parent will suffer at least one significant acute stress symptom, according to a study conducted at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Moreover, 25 percent of children and parents experience more pervasive symptoms that warrant clinical attention. Nancy Kassam-Adams, Ph.D. and Flaura K. Winston, M.D., Ph.D., co-authors of the study in the June 2002 issue of Pediatrics, offer guidelines for assessing acute stress symptoms in children and parents.