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ERIC Number: EJ761878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0033-3085
Structure and Prevalence of PTSD Symptomology in Children Who Have Experienced a Severe Tornado
Evans, Linda Garner; Oehler-Stinnett, Judy
Psychology in the Schools, v43 n3 p283-295 Mar 2006
Children served by school psychologists are frequently impacted by natural disasters. In the United States, tornadoes are a particular threat but have been studied very little. The current investigation developed a scale for assessing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children in Kindergarten to Grade 6 impacted by a severe tornado. Six factors were found: Avoidance, Re-experiencing, Interpersonal Alienation, Interference with Daily Functioning, Physical Symptoms/Anxiety, and Foreshortened Future. Prevalence rates for PTSD symptomology ranged from 34 to 44% for factor scores and 41% for meeting all three Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, fourth edition-text revision (DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association, 2000) criteria; 40% indicated no symptoms. Children's fear during the tornado and damage to their school were related to many factor scores. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States