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Trauma symptoms in children after the tsunami

Gunaratne, C.D., Kremer, P.J., Lewis, A.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-2519-7976 and Clarke, V. (2013) Trauma symptoms in children after the tsunami. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 42 . pp. 192-199.

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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.

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