PTSD affects 16% of kids exposed to trauma

Roughly one in six children and adolescents develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a traumatic event, Australian research shows.

The meta-analysis included 72 studies involving 3,500 children aged two to 18-years old from Australia, the US, the UK, Afghanistan, China and South Africa.

Findings reported in the British Journal of Psychiatry show that PTSD affects 16% of children and teenagers exposed to trauma, with girls at significantly higher risk