Dai, W., Liu, A., Kaminga, A.C., Deng, J., Lai, Z. and Wen, S.W., 2018. Prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder among children and adolescents following road traffic accidents: a meta-analysis. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 63(12), pp.798-808.
Summary of the article
The study aimed to estimate the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among children and adolescents following road traffic accidents (RTAs) by conducting a meta-analysis of existing research. Eleven studies were included, involving a total of 1532 participants who experienced RTAs. The pooled prevalence of PTSD was found to be 19.95%. The study highlighted that around one-fifth of children and adolescents developed PTSD after RTAs, emphasizing the need for regular assessment and timely psychological interventions. Subgroup analyses indicated differences based on study location and gender. The study recommended more population-based research with larger sample sizes to better understand and address the psychological impact of RTAs on young individuals.