Child injuries can lead to PTSD for parents: report

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More than one-third of parents experience stress disorders a month after their child suffers an injury requiring hospital care, according to a report from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

As part of the study, researchers evaluated 334 parents of children who received hospital care for traffic injuries and found 37 percent exhibited traumatic stress symptoms such as reliving the accident, avoiding reminders, and increased anxiety one month after their child's injury.

The most severe symptoms were seen among parents who were with their child at the time of the injury, who had suffered a previous trauma, or whose children suffered the most severe injuries.

The study was published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress.



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