Long-Term Effects of the Terrorist Attack in Beslan on Adolescent Survivors
J Clin Psychiatry 2009;70(6):934-934 [letter]
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Letter to the Editor
Sir: The important study by Moscardino et al. showed that
adolescents who survived the Beslan terrorist attack (North
Ossetia) did not report more overall levels of psychological distress
(as measured with the Brief Symptom Inventory 18 and
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) 18 months after the
event than a group of adolescents who were not in the school
during the attack.
The authors conclude that these findings are in line with previous
research suggesting that both directly and indirectly exposed
children are at risk of developing adverse psychological
symptoms after terrorism-induced trauma. However, a nonexposed
control group was not included. Since the “normal” level
of psychological distress among comparable nonexposed adolescents
is unknown, this limitation severely hinders firm conclusions
about the possible mid-term effects of the terrorist
attack and may overestimate adverse affects.