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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

Post-9/11 Mental Health Help-Seeking by New York City Parents on Behalf of Highly Exposed Young Children

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Session Number: 1000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: William Bannon, Jr.

All Authors for this paper: William Bannon, Jr.; Ellen DeVoe; Tovah Klein

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: This study examined factors related to mental health help-seeking among New York City parents on behalf of their young children after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Data were gathered from 180 parents who lived in close proximity to ground zero on 9/11. Results: Fifteen percent ( n =27) of parents engaged in child mental health help-seeking. The strongest child help-seeking predictors were parents' mental health help-seeking for themselves and children's direct exposure to the attacks. A familial orientation to help-seeking combined with children's specific disaster-related experiences may provide the strongest basis for child help-seeking, rather than children's apparent mental health status.


Session Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Presentation Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM