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Parental Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Bombings

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

January 1, 2016

Bombings are extremely frightening experiences, and the days, weeks, and months following can be very stressful. How long it takes to recover will depend on what happened to your family during and after this event. Children and teens may react differently to the bombings depending on their age and prior experiences. Even if you are having your own reactions try to understand and support the reaction of your children. Children’s reactions to the bombings are strongly influenced by how parents, relatives, teachers, and other caregivers respond to the even. They often turn to these adults for information, comfort, and help. There are many common reactions after mass violence. These generally diminish with time, but knowing about them can help.


NCTSN Guidelines for Helping Children after Bombings