Een verkennend onderzoek naar de gevolgen voor het welbevinden en de gezondheid van volwassenen en kinderen

Translated title of the contribution: Flood: A pilot study on the consequences for well-being and health of adults and children

D. M.C. Becht, M. A.L. Van Tilburg, A. J.J.M. Vingerhoets, I. Nyklicek, J. De Vries, C. Kirschbaum, M. H. Antoni, G. L. Van Heck

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Abstract

The present pilot study focused upon the effects of the flood of 1994- 1995 in the Netherlands on well-being and health of adults and children. Questionnaires for studying these effects were completed six months after the flood by children (n = 64) and their parents (n = 30) who were both exposed to the flood. 15-20% of the children where having moderate to severe stress symptoms. Their well-being, however, did not seem to be affected much: most of them were satisfied with their lives now, felt happy and experienced the floods as a kind of a holiday. In adults, an estimated percentage of 15, after half a year, still experienced very severe symptoms of stress, and possibly a PTSS. The consequences were manifested in (psycho)somatic rather than psychological complaints. Those who had experienced a flood before could either cope better then those for whom it was the first time, or were less able to deal with this repeated exposure. Especially the last group had severe problems indicative of stress disorders. It is argued that in the future, assistance during and after (the threat of) a disaster should mostly be directed towards adults. A quick screening of children and providing subsequent aid to the ones in need seem to be sufficient.

Translated title of the contributionFlood: A pilot study on the consequences for well-being and health of adults and children
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)277-289
Number of pages13
JournalTijdschrift voor Psychiatrie
Volume40
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Becht, D. M. C., Van Tilburg, M. A. L., Vingerhoets, A. J. J. M., Nyklicek, I., De Vries, J., Kirschbaum, C., Antoni, M. H., & Van Heck, G. L. (1998). Een verkennend onderzoek naar de gevolgen voor het welbevinden en de gezondheid van volwassenen en kinderen. Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie, 40(5), 277-289.