TITLE

Effects of Household Burglary on Children

AUTHOR(S)
Axelrod, Bruce H.
PUB. DATE
January 1976
SOURCE
Clinical Pediatrics;Jan1976, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p80
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The preschool child is often emotionally aware of the potential for physical harm and loss of his favorite objects when a burglary occurs. This is a period of magical thinking, in which children are actively differentiating real from imaginary experiences. The child of this age often attempts to compensate for his feelings of insignificance and inadequacy by aggressive behavior, and emotional' lability. Night terrors, and fear of ghosts, gremlins, imaginary people, and "boogie men" who might harm him appear at this developmental stage. To have these fantasies confirmed by a burglary leaves many children with a sense of panic and helplessness.
ACCESSION #
17093141

 

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