Title

Post-traumatic stress disorder amongst children aged 8-18 affected by the 2011 northern-Namibia floods

DOI

10.4102/jamba.v8i2.169

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Publication Title

Jamba: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies

Volume

8

Issue

2

ISSN

2072845X

Abstract

Extreme flooding in the northern parts of Namibia occurred in 2011, impacting many schoolgoing children in the region. The rationale for the current research is to assess post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on school children as a result of the floods. A self-administered Child Trauma Screening Questionnaire (CTSQ) with closed-ended questions was administered to 480 children between the ages of eight and 18 years at their respective schools. The CTSQ consists of five items assessing re-experiencing and five items assessing hyper-arousal symptoms. The results show that 55.2% of learners aged 12 and below and 72.8% of learners aged 13 and above reported experiencing symptoms of trauma from the floods 2 years after the event. These percentages were quite high and are therefore a cause for concern. Given the magnitude of this problem, it is important for the government and other stakeholders to provide the necessary psychological and/or emotional support in the event of future floods or similar disasters.

Open Access

Gold

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