Trauma symptoms in children after the tsunami

Charini Gunaratne, Peter J. Kremer, Andrew J. Lewis, Valerie Clarke

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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. Multivariateregression 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-199
Number of pages8
JournalSri Lanka Journalof Child Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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