San Francisco—Epidemiological assessment
of the mental health consequences of terrorist attacks, wars, and torture
holds practical implications for treatment of those exposed to such events.
Findings also may spur development of better ways to minimize adverse effects
of future episodes of violence on both individuals and society at large.
Researchers from several countries reviewed studies and provided perspectives
derived from experience working with adults and children exposed to mass violence
in a symposium held at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association
here in May, and in subsequent interviews.
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