Children's memory and proximity to violence

J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1989 Mar;28(2):236-41. doi: 10.1097/00004583-198903000-00015.


The study examined 133 school-age children's memory of a sniper attack at their elementary school. Researchers analyzed the role that spatial representation, memory markers, inner plans of action, and strategies of recall played in the memory process. In recalling the event, exposed children reduced their degree of life threat, while nonexposed children increased their proximity to the violence. Clinical and forensic implications are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Child
  • Cues
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Imagination
  • Male
  • Memory*
  • Psychology, Child*
  • Violence*