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Gunaratne, C., Kremer, P.J., Lewis, A.J. & Clarke, V. (2013)   CC


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.

children,  Adolescents,  traumatic symptoms,  tsunami,  Sri Lanka,  PTSD,  PTSD Symptoms,  PTSD in children,  treatment of PTSD,  Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD),