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Stress and anxiety in children

Dr Hugh Koch and Dr Ben Laskey discuss how to protect a child from ongoing stress after an accident

13 January 2015

Many children will cope very positively following an accident and will show no signs of emotional distress or psychological difficulties. However, a proportion will struggle from an emotional point of view, and a small number are likely to develop significant psychological difficulties. (For more information, see Psychological Injuries by HCH Koch and T Kevan, 2005.) Children's adjustment is dependent upon a number of different factors, including family reaction.

Children who are involved in road traffic accidents are often travelling with their parents at the time. As a consequence of the accident, parents often have their own adjustment difficulties (anxiety and guilt), and although in general they do their best to shield their children from this, children are normally aware of parents' own anxieties (<...

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