Living through a bomb attack--the sudden deafening noise; the flying glass and masonry; the bloody, broken bodies and screams of the injured--is traumatic enough to throw most adults into profound shock. But if the grownups who survived the Oklahoma City explosion are numb in its aftermath, what could be going through the minds of the blast's smallest and most vulnerable victims, the children?

Although it is natural to assume that kids would be particularly devastated at seeing their safe world literally fall apart, research suggests that on average, children are no more adversely affected than adults are. That isn't to say...

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