Children’s preexisting symptoms influence their reactions to disaster coverage on TV

After a natural disaster occurs, we often find ourselves glued to the TV, seeking out details about the extent of the damage and efforts at recovery. While research has shown that exposure to this kind of coverage is associated with symptoms of traumatic stress in youths, new research suggests that the relationship isn’t so simple: the amount of exposure to disaster coverage matters but children’s preexisting symptoms also play an important role.

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