Prediction of posttraumatic stress symptoms in children after Hurricane Andrew

Eric M. Vernberg, Wendy K. Silverman, Annette M La Greca, Mitchell J. Prinstein

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Abstract

The authors used an integrative conceptual model to examine the emergence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in 568 elementary school- age children 3 months after Hurricane Andrew. The model included 4 primary factors: Exposure to Traumatic Events, Child Characteristics, Access to Social Support, and Children's Coping. Overall, 62% of the variance in children's self-reported PTSD symptoms was accounted for by the 4 primary factors, and each factor improved overall prediction of symptoms when entered in the analyses in the order specified by the conceptual model. The findings suggest that the conceptual model may be helpful to organize research and intervention efforts in the wake of natural disasters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-248
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Volume105
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 1996

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Prediction of posttraumatic stress symptoms in children after Hurricane Andrew. / Vernberg, Eric M.; Silverman, Wendy K.; La Greca, Annette M; Prinstein, Mitchell J.

In: Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol. 105, No. 2, 01.05.1996, p. 237-248.

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Vernberg, Eric M. ; Silverman, Wendy K. ; La Greca, Annette M ; Prinstein, Mitchell J. / Prediction of posttraumatic stress symptoms in children after Hurricane Andrew. In: Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 1996 ; Vol. 105, No. 2. pp. 237-248.
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