TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Direct exposure to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks boosted behavioral problems in preschoolers, new research shows.
The study, by researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, included 116 children averaging about 4 years of age who lived in or attended preschool in lower Manhattan at the time of the 2001 attacks.
Between March 2003 and December 2005, the researchers asked parents to provide information about the children, including their level of exposure to the attacks, exposure to other traumatic events (such as the death of a family member, seeing a serious accident, or being in a natural disaster), and emotional and behavioral details.
Of the children in the study, 23 percent were exposed to one or more high-intensity WTC events, such as seeing the towers collapse, seeing injured people or dead bodies,
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