Kids Who Lost Parent On 9/11 Suffer


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Kids Who Lost Parent On 9/11 Suffer

A study released yesterday showed that three-quarters of children who lost a parent on 9/11 suffered from psychiatric illnesses after the attacks, including anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress and depression. Shocking, I know. Researchers at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center monitored 45 kids (average age of nine) who had lost a parent for two years following the attacks. Before 9/11, only one-third of them had mental health problems. They were compared to 34 children who had not lost a parent, and the number of psychiatric problems suffered by the former group more than doubled after the attacks. Findings also revealed that children who lost a parent are 10 times as likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder than those who did not.

And amidst this week’s anti-war protests, one group is planning an alternative demonstration to mark the fourth anniversary of the Iraq War. Today at 7:30 p.m., the Glass Bead Collective will project images onto a building at ground zero using a 100,000 lumens projector. Participants are asked to bring a candle, and the group’s website notes that there will be an after-party at Mehanata (113 Ludlow, near Delancey St.) with DJs PoodleCannon and Luke Warm.

Posted by Kari Milchman at 10:54 AM
tags: nypress, new york, 9/11, ground zero, glass bead collective