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03 February 2011

Cape kids shocked by violence

Almost all adolescents attending certain Cape schools reported exposure to at least one traumatic event in the previous year, according to this survey.

In a 2001 survey 99% of adolescents reported exposure to at least one traumatic event in the previous year. Of these, around 20% developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The study revealed that:

  • 32% of boys and 35% of girls had witnessed a family member being killed or injured in an assault or motor accident.
  • 43% of boys and 26% of girls had been robbed or mugged.
  • Almost half the teenagers with symptoms of stress disorder were frequently using dagga or alcohol.

 
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