TRAUMA AND PTSD IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
Continuous Trauma and PTSD in Qatar and in the Gaza Strip: Risk Factors and Causes, Consequences and Resiliency Factors
What is PTSD?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD refers to experiencing marked cognitive, affective, and behavioural responses to trauma-evoked stimuli, resulting in four clusters of symptoms: intrusive symptoms as flashbacks and nightmares, avoidance symptoms and numbed emotions, and high arousals of feelings of threat (DSM-IV-TR) (American Psychiatric Association, 2000).
|What are the short-term and long-term implications of PTSD?|
The study will give recommendations for health practitioners and official governmental bodies (e.g., Supreme Council of Health) on how to review the diagnostic tools that are used to diagnose children and adolescents with mental health problems taking into account traumatic events and experiences. Furthermore, recommendations will be given to review the health policies in relation to traumatic events and PTSD diagnosis and identify the steps that should be taken in these cases (e.g., in identifying cases and follow-up procedures). There is a need to review this in Qatar according to the results of this study.
This study aims to explore different precursors and consequences of PTSD amongst children in Qatar and the Gaza Strip and identify high risk groups for PTSD to inform health policy makers of possible interventions. The study will also look at the influence of the war in the Gaza Strip on the children in Qatar and investigate genetic relationship to PTSD symptoms.
|American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR 4th ed. Washington DC; 2000.|