Emotional distress in disaster victims. A follow-up study


One hundred thirteen adult victims of a major Latin American disaster were screened for emotional distress 1 and 5 years after the catastrophe. We used the Self-Reporting Questionnaire to identify emotionally distressed victims. Results indicate that the prevalence of emotional distress decreased from 65% in 1986 to 31% in 1990. However, a comparison of the symptomatology on these two assessments indicates a similarity in the frequency and profiles of symptoms among the distressed. Also, the most frequent symptoms and the strongest predictors of emotional distress were essentially the same. These findings provide empirical support to the clinically observed course of emotional symptomatology of disaster victims and to the focused training of health workers on selected emotional problems that are consistently present over time.

Lima BR1, Pai S, Toledo V, Caris L, Haro JM, Lozano J, Santacruz H | 1993
In: The Journal of nervous and mental disease, ISSN 0022-3018 | 181 | 6 | Jun | 388-393
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