Post-traumatic stress disorder in children following natural disasters: a systematic review of the long-term follow-up studies

2015Terasaka, Tachibana, Okuyama, and Igarashi

The objective of this article was to conduct a systematic review of long-term follow-up studies on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms in children and adolescents. The MEDLINE and PsycINFO databases were searched from 1980 through January 2014. Studies that examined PTSD symptoms in children for over three years after mass natural disasters were selected. Ten studies, including four cohort studies, four cross-sectional studies, one descriptive study, and one case-series study following disaster-exposed children, met all the selection criteria and thus were included in this review. The follow-up period ranged from three to 20 years after the disasters (21 pages, pdf).

Key wordschildren / disaster / post-traumatic stress disorder

CountriesGlobal / Japan