Media exposure predicts children's reactions to crime and terrorism.
In this study we examined reactions to 3 news events (September 11 terrorist attacks, Summer 2002 kidnappings, and Fall 2002 sniper shootings) in a national, representative sample of children aged 2 to 17. Media exposure was related to increased worry and changes in activities, with September 11 creating the most concern and shootings the least. More signs of stress were apparent among 10- to 13-year-olds, minority children and those of low socioeconomic status, children with prior adversities, and children who lived in close geographical proximity. Girls aged 10 to 17 had more reaction to the kidnappings, suggesting that other features of target similarity may heighten a sense of risk. The results support moderating exposure for both younger and older youth.
Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
Taylor & Francis
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Becker-Blease, K.A., Finkelhor, D., Turner, H. Media exposure predicts children's reactions to crime and terrorism. (2008) Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 9 (2), pp. 225-248.
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