PREVALENCE OF BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS IN THREE-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN LIVING NEAR THREE MILE ISLAND: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

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  • Paul Cornely,

    1. Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, U.S.A.
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  • Evelyn Bromet

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    1. Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, U.S.A.
      Requests for reprints to: E. Bromet, Psychiatric Epidemiology Program, Department of Psychiatry, 3811 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
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Requests for reprints to: E. Bromet, Psychiatric Epidemiology Program, Department of Psychiatry, 3811 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Abstract

Abstract The Behavior Screening Questionnaire (BSQ) was used to determine whether 21/2–31/2 yr old children living near the TMI nuclear reactor were more disturbed than children living near another nuclear plant or near a fossil-fuel facility in Pennsylvania when assessed 21/2 yr later. The prevalence of behavior problems was 11%. Differences among the sites in overall rates and individual symptoms were small. Perceptions of environmental stress among the TMI sample of mothers were unrelated to BSQ scores, whereas in the comparison sites, where unemployment was rising, economic concerns were meaningfully related to the BSQ.

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