Campus: CSU Stanislaus -- December 06, 2002
CSU Stanislaus Professor Documents Effects Of
September 11 On Children
Children in the Manhattan neighborhood where terrorists demolished the
World Trade Center have trouble sleeping at night because of visions
of planes crashing into their houses, according to research by a California
State University, Stanislaus professor.
Immediately following the September 11 terrorist attacks, CSU Stanislaus
Professor of Sociology Paul O’Brien interviewed school superintendents
and teachers in Manhattan’s financial district, where more than
8,000 students attend school. He presented his research at a National
Science Foundation (NSF) conference a few months later. His study will
be published in an NSF book scheduled for release in spring 2003 and
featuring research by other sociologists, political scientists, economists
and anthropologists who have been gathering information in the New York
neighborhood since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
“The tragic September 11 events will have a great effect on the
psychology of our nation’s children and adults for generations
to come,” O’Brien said.
O’Brien has since conducted follow-up interviews with many members
of Manhattan’s education communities on how the attacks continue
to affect the lives of those in the community.
He found that school systems nationwide, including the Manhattan school
system, struggle with implementing expensive emergency preparedness
plans at a time when funds are sorely needed to support existing education
“The events and issues surrounding September 11 will continue
to be a concern nationally and globally. Annual commemorations will
bring these concerns to mind and underscore the public’s need
to understand the issues. There will always be a place in public discourse
for scholarly analysis to dispel conjecture, rumor and outright bias.
Outstanding scholars such as Dr. Paul O’Brien perform a great
service that extends well beyond the academic community,” said
Dr. Marvalene Hughes, CSU Stanislaus President.
O’Brien plans to return to New York in spring 2003 to continue
Contact: Don Hansen (209) 667-3997