Posttraumatic reactions among injured children and their caregivers 3 months after the terrorist attack in Beslan

Psychiatry Res. 2006 Mar 30;141(3):333-6. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2005.11.004. Epub 2006 Mar 2.


This report describes symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among a group of Beslan's children (N=22) and their primary caregivers (N=20) 3 months after the children had been taken hostage in their school by a group of terrorists. Attention and memory were also measured. Children and their caretakers showed high levels of ongoing PTSD symptoms. Children also showed difficulties in sustaining attention and in short-term memory (digit span). These scores strongly indicate the need for appropriate interventions and ongoing monitoring of course of recovery.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Catchment Area, Health
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory Disorders / diagnosis
  • Memory Disorders / epidemiology
  • Memory, Short-Term
  • Pilot Projects
  • Russia / epidemiology
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / epidemiology*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology
  • Terrorism / psychology*