Adolescents discuss their reactions to the September 11 attacks

Betty Pfefferbaum, Carol S North, David E. Pollio, Nancy E. Wallace, Haekyung Jeon-Slaughter

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A focus group of New York City adolescents was conducted 21 months after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to examine their emotional responses to the incidents. The adolescents had vivid memories of the attacks and articulated their reactions, their perspectives on the potential motives for the attacks, and their concerns about ongoing danger. Impressive was the maturity and thoughtfulness of their discourse, which revealed their efforts to process and integrate the events and a realization that their world had changed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-438
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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