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Trauma symptoms in children after the tsunami

Gunaratne, C.D., Kremer, P.J., Lewis, A.J. and Clarke, V. (2013) Trauma symptoms in children after the tsunami. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 42 . pp. 192-199.



Limited research has examined factors associated with psychological distress following natural disasters among non-Western child populations. Conditions associated with trauma-related symptoms following the 2004 tsunami in a sample of 265 Sri Lankan child survivors (53.6% female, aged 3 to 17) were examined retrospectively. Multivariate regression analyses identified pre-traumatic conditions (female gender, prior health) and peritraumatic conditions (loss of family, complete property loss) as being associated with increased trauma-related symptoms. Findings can be applied to the identification of children most at risk of developing trauma-related symptoms following a natural disaster from a non-Western population to aid development of culturally-appropriate interventions.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians
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