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Intelligence could help shield children from traumatic events, U.S.
A new study found that children who are more intelligent than their
peers at age 6 were less likely to experience traumatic events by
age 17 and, if they did, were less likely to develop post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD).
Michigan State University researchers studied 336 boys and 377
girls born between 1983 and 1985 at two Michigan hospitals.
One hospital was located in a middle-class suburban community,
while the other was in a disadvantaged urban community.
At age 17, the youngsters were interviewed again as to the number
and type of traumatic events they'd experienced in their lives.
They were also asked how seriously those events affected them,
including whether they'd ever suffered symptoms of PTSD.
The researchers found that 541 (75.9 percent) of the youngsters had
experienced a traumatic event and 45 (6.3 percent overall and 8.3
percent of those who experienced trauma) met criteria for PTSD.
Youngsters who had an IQ greater than 115 at age 6 were less likely
to have experienced any kind of trauma (especially violent assaults)
and, if they did, were less likely to develop PTSD by age 17.
Perhaps the smarter children can compartmentalize the trauma or maybe they are just better at hiding their emotions.
Originally posted by theRiverGoddess
However.....I was of the mind that it was the very oposite. I thought, that by being 'smarter' the kids would be more likely to dwell on it, overthink it and possibly obsess about it. 'IT" being whatever traumatic thing that happened.....and that by over thinking it they would be more prone to PSTD.
This article you have posted is giving me some food for thought on the issue,