Changes in children's behavior after a natural disaster.
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.
Burke, JD; Borus, JF; Burns, BJ; Millstein, KH; Beasley, MC
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