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Survey takes stock of bombings’ effect on children

A team of Boston University researchers is conducting a survey this summer focusing on Watertown and Framingham parents and teachers to determine whether being geographically close to traumatic events — such as those related to the Boston Marathon bombings — leads children and teens to develop stress disorders.

Jonathan Comer, an assistant professor at BU who directs the university’s early childhood interventions program, said researchers will compare answers about youngsters’ mental health before, during, and after the attacks and the hunt for suspects, drawing on communities that are similar in terms of their socioeconomic demographics.

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