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Families of Missing Airliner Passengers Face Trauma as Uncertainty Deepens

Families of passengers from the missing Malaysian jet are in agony as the uncertainty to the plane’s fate drags on. When a family member doesn’t know the fate of a loved one, it places them in what psychologists call “boundary ambiguity.”  “Think about having a husband,” said Anne Speckhard, an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School and an expert in stress responses to disasters.  “If he’s there with you, he’s physically present...

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