Psychiatric morbidity following Hurricane Andrew

Daniella David, Thomas A. Mellman, Lourdes M. Mendoza, Renee Kulick-Bell, Gail Ironson, Neil Schneiderman

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The nature of psychiatric morbidity in previously non-ill subjects from the area most affected by Hurricane Andrew was investigated at 6-12 months posthurricane. Preliminary associations of morbidity with personal and event- related risk factors were also determined. Fifty one percent (31/61) met criteria for a new-onset disorder, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 36%, major depression (MD) in 30%, and other anxiety disorders in 20%. Thirty four subjects (56%) had significant symptoms persisting beyond 6 months. Having sustained 'severe damage' was the risk factor most strongly associated with outcome. Our data underscore the range of psychiatric morbidity related to a natural disaster, and suggest a relationship to chronic stressors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-612
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 30 1996


  • disaster
  • hurricane
  • posttraumatic stress disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology


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