School-Based Interventions

  • Thormod IdsoeEmail author
  • Atle Dyregrov
  • Kari Dyregrov


At least nine people were wounded, and ten others were killed when a man opened fire on a campus in Southwest Oregon in October 2015 (NBCnews 2015). In Littleton, Colorado, in 1999, two boys aged 17 and 18 opened fire at Columbine High School, killing 12 students and one teacher, before committing suicide (Leary et al. 2003). In October 2015, a 21-year-old man, dressed as Darth Vader from the Star Wars movies, walked into a Swedish primary school with a long knife and killed a 15-year-old student and a 21-year-old teaching assistant. These are tragic examples, among several from around the world, of traumas affecting school children. Childhood traumatic stress can have a huge impact on almost every kind of developmental process, and the high number of traumatic events experienced by children has added to calls for schools to serve as healing agents for childhood trauma (e.g., Jaycox et al. 2014). Schools are an optimal arena for mental health interventions because they provide access to all children on a regular basis and over time.


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Thanks to Julia Norman for helping with the language.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Norwegian Center for Child Behavioral DevelopmentOsloNorway
  2. 2.Center for Crisis PsychologyBergenNorway
  3. 3.Bergen University CollegeBergenNorway

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