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Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2018 Oct;32(5):777-781. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2018.04.010. Epub 2018 Apr 21.

Prevalence and predictors of PTSD and depression among adolescent victims of the Summer 2016 tornado in Yancheng City.

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1
School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, PR China.
2
Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, PR China.
3
Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, PR China.
4
School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, PR China. Electronic address: anran220@163.com.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence rate of probable posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression in the adolescents who experienced the 2016 Yancheng tornado 3 months ago, as well as to analyze the related risk factors. A total of 247 tornado adolescent survivors were recruited to complete child PTSD symptom scale and Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale for Children. Results showed that 57.5% and 58.7% of the participants reported suspected symptoms of PTSD and depression respectively. PTSD is highly comorbid with depression. Risk factors of these two disorders were age and tornado exposure. Finally, the implications of intervention and prevention of mental health problems among adolescents who experienced tornado were discussed.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescents; Depression; PTSD; Tornado

PMID:
30201208
DOI:
10.1016/j.apnu.2018.04.010

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