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The present article studies war-related trauma and its effects on children living in the Gaza Strip, 6 months after the attack launched by the Israeli army on July 8, 2014, which lasted for 51 days. Results showed that the majority of the children were exposed to bombardments and residential area destruction (83.51%), were confined at home unable to go outside (72.92%), were witness to the profanation of mosques (70.38%), were exposed to combat situations (66.65%), and saw corpses (59.95%). A sample of 275 males (28.3%) and 232 females (26.5%) showed diagnoses of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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The traumatic symptomatology found in the total sample fulfills the criteria for PTSD diagnosis in 26% to 30% of the cases and is related to the number of trauma events experienced.

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This work was part of the research project Psychosocial needs in refugees and asylum seekers. We would like to thank the invaluable collaboration of the surveyors that worked in the Gaza Strip and the families of the children that took part in the study.

Antonio L. Manzanero
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

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This page is a summary of: Traumatic Events Exposure and Psychological Trauma in Children Victims of War in the Gaza Strip, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, November 2017, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0886260517742911.
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