This article was edited by the Journal's previous editor, Paula Schnurr.
Version of Record online: 14 JAN 2011
Copyright © 2011 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 44–53, February 2011
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Fan, F., Zhang, Y., Yang, Y., Mo, L. and Liu, X. (2011), Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety among adolescents following the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in China. J. Traum. Stress, 24: 44–53. doi: 10.1002/jts.20599
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (30950024, 31070920) and Research Program for Humanities and Social Science Granted by Chinese Ministry of Education (09YJAXLX008). We want to express our gratitude to the Women's Federation of Chengdu, Sichuan Province for their support. We would like to thank Ms. Flora Liu (University of Pennsylvania) for her English editing.
- Issue online: 23 FEB 2011
- Version of Record online: 14 JAN 2011
This study examined the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression among 2,250 adolescents 6 months after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in China. Results showed that 15.8%, 40.5%, and 24.5% of participants reported clinical symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression, respectively. Posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression were highly comorbid. Risk factors for symptoms of the 3 disorders were female gender, older age, and earthquake disaster exposure. In addition, the interaction effects of residence (urban/rural) and number of siblings of study subjects on symptoms of the 3 disorders were examined. Implications of findings on intervention and prevention of mental health problems among adolescents after experiencing earthquake disasters are discussed.