Post-traumatic stress disorder in child witnesses to domestic violence. In an article in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Kilpatrick and Williams of the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, compared 20 children, ages 6-12, who had witnessed domestic violence in the home, to 15 who had not, examining them for signs of post traumatic stress. They determined that witnessing violence was a significant predictor of PTSD.

Citation: Kilpatrick KL and Williams LM, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Child Witnesses to Domestic Violence, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 1997 Oct;67(4):639-44.