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Post-traumatic stress disorder in paediatric patients and their parents: an exploratory study


Landolt, Markus A; Boehler, U; Schwager, C; Schallberger, U; Nuessli, R (1998). Post-traumatic stress disorder in paediatric patients and their parents: an exploratory study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 34(6):539-43.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) in a selected population of paediatric patients and their parents.

METHODOLOGY: Twenty-three high-risk patients (serious accidents, newly diagnosed cancer) and 11 low-risk patients (simple planned surgery) and their parents were consecutively selected and assessed 6-8 weeks after the event with a DSM-IV based diagnostic interview and the PTSD Symptom Scale.

RESULTS: There is a high prevalence of PTSD in children and parents of the high-risk group. In the low-risk group such disorders are almost nonexistent. Parents in both groups report more PTSD symptoms than their children. Sex and age of the child and duration of hospitalisation have no significant influence on the development of PTSD.

CONCLUSIONS: The high prevalence of PTSD in high-risk paediatric patients and their parents offers support for the applicability of a post-traumatic stress model for understanding the psychological impact of accidents, severe illnesses and their medical treatment.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) in a selected population of paediatric patients and their parents.

METHODOLOGY: Twenty-three high-risk patients (serious accidents, newly diagnosed cancer) and 11 low-risk patients (simple planned surgery) and their parents were consecutively selected and assessed 6-8 weeks after the event with a DSM-IV based diagnostic interview and the PTSD Symptom Scale.

RESULTS: There is a high prevalence of PTSD in children and parents of the high-risk group. In the low-risk group such disorders are almost nonexistent. Parents in both groups report more PTSD symptoms than their children. Sex and age of the child and duration of hospitalisation have no significant influence on the development of PTSD.

CONCLUSIONS: The high prevalence of PTSD in high-risk paediatric patients and their parents offers support for the applicability of a post-traumatic stress model for understanding the psychological impact of accidents, severe illnesses and their medical treatment.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Pediatrics, Perinatology and Child Health
Language:English
Date:December 1998
Deposited On:14 May 2019 11:20
Last Modified:15 Apr 2020 23:43
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1034-4810
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1440-1754.1998.00303.x
PubMed ID:9928646

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