By Melissa Krug

Children in the United States may be exposed to a high rate of adverse experiences that result in post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), which can appear as feelings of stress, fear and helplessness that result from re-experiencing trauma or actively avoiding reminders of the trauma. Adolescents most likely to recover from PTSS are less likely to have experienced sexual or physical abuse and more likely to identify as a member of a racial or ethnic minority, according to a new study by researchers at the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network in Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute.

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