Changes in children's behavior after a natural disaster.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Five months after a severe winter storm, a survey of children whose behavior had been assessed by means of a parent rating scale during a Head Start program 6 months before the disaster showed that some problem-behavior scores had increased significantly. The subgroups of children at higher risk were boys, whose Anxiety scale scores increased, and children accepted for Head Start only because their parents said they had special needs, whose Aggressive Conduct scale scores increased. For the entire group of children, school behavior improved. The findings support previous impressions that parents deny their children's problems after a natural disaster.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Burke, JD; Borus, JF; Burns, BJ; Millstein, KH; Beasley, MC

Published Date

  • August 1, 1982

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 139 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 1010 - 1014

PubMed ID

  • 7091422

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-953X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/ajp.139.8.1010


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States