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Children in war zones at high risk of suffering emotional disorders

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0207224a (Published 01 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:0207224a
  1. Kay Seong Ngoo1
  1. 1Aberdeen

Children living in war zones are at a great risk of developing posttraumatic stress and other emotional disorders. Acute distress due to traumatic events in these children can also result in emotional problems that are not commonly recognised.

This observation came from a joint study by researchers from Palestine and Leicester, United Kingdom, who found that, the effects on children during the ongoing armed conflict in the Middle East is devastating (Lancet 2002; 359:1801-04). The researchers interviewed children aged 9-18 years residing …

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