Consequences of 9/11 and the war on terror on children’ s and young adult’ s mental health: a systematic review of the past 10 years

Rousseau C. ; Jamil, U. ; Bhui K.; Boudjarane, M (2015)

Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

20(2) | pp.173-193

This mixed method systematic review appraises the individual, familial and systemic effect of 9/11 and the war on terror for majority and minority children and youth in North America. The results highlight the broad social consequences of the socio-political transformations associated with the terror context, which cannot be understood only through a trauma focus analysis. The social stereotypes transformed youth experiences of belonging and exclusion. The difference between the consequences for majority and minority youth suggests the need for a broader appraisal of this societal context to support the development of prevention and intervention intersectorial programs.