A Chronicle of Higher Education article is discussing the findings of a study on the lingering psychological aspects of a campus shooting at Dawson College.
One student was killed and 19 were injured in a shooting at the downtown Montreal school. However, many more were in the building, and that is the focus of the study.
Among the highlights of the findings:
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder was less common than expected.
- Serious depression was higher than expected
- 40% of the people in the building were psychologically effected
- Women were twice as likely to be effected, but that is with the disclaimer that many men were “reluctant” to seek treatment.
It notes the history of psychological studies in the aftermath of campus shootings. Columbine refused to do such a study because of a fear of bringing the tragedy back into the minds of the students.
However, the article said Virginia Tech is undertaking a similar study at this time, so we will await the results of that study.
It is the first official word I have heard on the actual existence of such a study. I will try and get some more information on that and bring it to you as soon as I can. Zc