A significant part of the CTF-SOS DRS response to the April 2009 earthquake in Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy was a research project spearheaded by the CTF, Bambin Gesu Hospital and EMR. The research results were presented publicly for the first time at an international conference in May 2010 in Rome.
Recently, the primary researcher – Dr. Stefano Vicari – received the following good news from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dear Stefano Vicari,
I am delighted to inform you that your submission entitled, Child Psychopathology and Natural Disasters: The Italian Experience After L’aquila Earthquake, has been accepted for inclusion as a New Research Poster presentation at the AACAP/CACAP Joint Annual Meeting in Toronto, ON, Canada, October 18-23, 2011.
The research done was an attempt on the part of the CTF and its collaborators to shed some light on the trauma experienced by children/adolescents as a result of natural disasters. The issue of the incidence of PTSD and other mental disorders in children in the wake of disasters is one that merits further study. CTF-SOS DRS hopes to be a continued part of that research.