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October 2021

Prospective study of displaced children's symptoms in wartime Bosnia

Author(s): Comer, D., Gardner, W., Kelleher, K.

Journal/Book: Soc Psychiat Psychiat Epidem. 1999; 34: Platz der Deutschen Einheit 25, D-64293 Darmstadt, Germany. Dr Dietrich Steinkopff Verlag. 464-469.

Abstract: Background: This study examines the psychological symptoms of Bosnian children exposed to war and trauma, and detects changes in these symptoms over time. Method: A total of 147 displaced children residing in refugee centers in Bosnia completed self-report assessments of anxiety, depressive, and posttraumatic stress symptoms at two time points. Results: Symptoms of posttraumatic stress, anxiety and depression showed a greater decrease in boys relative to girls over time. Conclusion: Gender may be an important factor in the natural course of trauma-related symptoms among war traumatized children. Further research is needed to better understand the psychological effects of war trauma on children, and the natural course of posttraumatic symptoms, so as to improve interventions targeted to this vulnerable population.

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Keyword(s): CAMBODIAN ADOLESCENT REFUGEES; DISTRESS SYMPTOMS; STRESS REACTION; GULF-WAR; VIOLENCE; CROATIA; PROJECT; FORMS; PTSD; AGE


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