PTSD: Risk Factors

PTSD is brought on by closely witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event that puts the child or loved ones in danger of serious injury or death. Risk factors that a child exposed to a disturbing experience will develop the disorder include the severity and immediacy of the trauma, and prior exposure to trauma, neglect, or other childhood adversity. Strong social support in the aftermath of the event is a protective factor that can moderate the impact on the child.