School Psychologists Urge Positive Approach to Tragic Anniversaries
The “anniversary effect” can take a severe psychological toll on people
A year ago this week, a tragedy in Parkland, Florida, changed the dynamics of the gun debate in the U.S. and put urgent attention on school safety.
The one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School brings those issues front and center again. And April will mark the anniversaries of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting and the 1999 shooting at Colorado’s Columbine High School.
The “anniversary effect,” in which people tend to revisit and reflect on tragic events, can take a severe psychological toll on people directly affected, and media attention can extend the strain to many others, according to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
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