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Which children are most likely to be affected by a tragedy in the news?

Michele Borba
Psychology
There are no hard rules, but here are things to consider about a tragedy as to which children are more likely to be affected:
  • The closer in proximity a child is to the physical event, the more likely the child will be affected. Also: If the child personally knows the victim, the more the child will be affected.
  • If the child is more sensitive or anxious in nature.
  • If the child has endured a recent trauma such as a parent's deployment, a divorce, a death. If the child identifies with the victim (same age, gender, or other characteristic).
A child can also seem fine at the time, but display emotional signs later. You just don't know, so tune in closer. The child may also be unaffected by an event. You just don't know.

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