Acute Stress Disorder: Risk Factors
There are several risk factors that might make a child who has been exposed to a traumatic event more likely to develop acute stress disorder. Children who have previously been exposed to trauma will be more at risk, as will those with a prior mental disorder. Children who appear deeply affected by the traumatic event, with strong feelings of guilt or hopelessness, or an amplified fear of future harm, are more likely to develop the disorder. Kids with more negative temperaments and avoidant coping styles are also at risk. Girls are more likely to develop acute stress disorder.