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Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Rescue Workers Can Do


This booklet describes what police, fire, and other first responders can do to help children who experience trauma due to violence or disaster.

This booklet provides the following information:

  • Coping with trauma after violence and disasters
  • What is trauma?
  • Helping young trauma survivors
  • How rescue workers can help
  • Help for all people in the first days and weeks
  • How children react to trauma
    • Children under 5
    • Children age 6-11
    • Adolescents age 12-17
  • More about trauma and stress
  • Additional resources


National Institute of Mental Health

Funding Sources

National Institute of Mental Health; National Institutes of Health

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  • Release Date: 01/2006
  • Review Date: 04/2008
  • Recent Summary: 04/2008
  • Original Summary: 11/2007
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Last updated: December 01, 2010.