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Children's responses to trauma- and nontrauma-related hospital admission: A comparison study

Belinda L. Murray, Justin A. Kenardy, Susan H. Spence

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    Abstract

    Objective: This study aims to investigate and compare psychological responses in children and parents 1 month after trauma- and nontrauma-related hospital admission. Methods: Two hundred and five children aged 7-16 years (and their parents) were assessed for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), other psychopathology, and distress 1 month after trauma-related (Trauma Group; n = 101) and nontrauma-related hospital admission (Non-Trauma Group; n = 104). Results: Clinically elevated PTSD symptom levels were more prevalent in children admitted for trauma-related (18%) than nontrauma-related reasons (4%). Parents also experienced posttraumatic distress, although rates of clinically elevated symptom levels did not differ between the Trauma (11%) and Non-Trauma (8%) groups. Other pathology and distress in children and parents were comparable across groups. Conclusions: Children experienced greater posttraumatic distress following trauma-related hospital admission, while parents' experience of their child's hospitalization is equally distressing regardless of the reason for admission.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)435-440
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
    Volume33
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2008

    Keywords

    • Children
    • Hospital admission
    • Illness
    • Injury
    • Pediatrics
    • Posttraumatic stress disorder
    • Trauma

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