Funding for this study was provided by the Sichuan Earthquake Roundtable Fund Internal Seed Funding of the University of Hong Kong. The funding sources had no further role in study design; in collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the paper for publication. The authors wish to thank all those who helped to collect the data and those who kindly volunteered to participate in the study. The authors further wish to express their deepest condolences to all families and individuals who have suffered loss of family members and relatives during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake disaster.
Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among adult survivors of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China†
Version of Record online: 23 MAY 2011
Copyright © 2011 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 24, Issue 3, pages 295–302, June 2011
How to Cite
Chan, C. L. W., Wang, C.-W., Qu, Z., Lu, B. Q., Ran, M.-S., Ho, A. H. Y., Yuan, Y., Zhang, B. Q., Wang, X. and Zhang, X. (2011), Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among adult survivors of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China. J. Traum. Stress, 24: 295–302. doi: 10.1002/jts.20645
- Issue online: 7 JUN 2011
- Version of Record online: 23 MAY 2011
This study examined the estimated prevalence rate of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and associated risk factors among Chinese adult survivors 7 to 8 months after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The sample was recruited from 2 areas close to the epicenter but of different distances. The estimated rate of PTSD symptoms was 55.6% and 26.4% respectively in the two areas. Loss of a child was a strong predictive factor for PTSD symptoms for the parents. Other predictive factors included female gender, loss of a parent, loss of friends or neighbors, residential house damage or collapse, and proximity to the epicenter. Effective and sustainable mental health services are needed and should be directed particularly to bereaved survivors.