Indicative evaluation of psychological disturbance amongst young children affected by the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, in Port-au-Prince Article - 2014

Yoram Mouchenik, Alexandra Marty-Chevreuil, Caroline Marquer, Nephtalie Eva Joseph, Jean Weber Ducasse, Casseus Ryswick, Alex Dejean, Rogenette Georges, Judith Blanc, Daniel D. Derivois, Thierry Baubet, Marie Rose Moro

Yoram Mouchenik, Alexandra Marty-Chevreuil, Caroline Marquer, Nephtalie Eva Joseph, Jean Weber Ducasse, Casseus Ryswick, Alex Dejean, Rogenette Georges, Judith Blanc, Daniel D. Derivois, Thierry Baubet, Marie Rose Moro, « Indicative evaluation of psychological disturbance amongst young children affected by the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, in Port-au-Prince  », Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, à paraître, pp. 247-257. ISSN 1745-0128

Abstract

The article presents a research for the indicative evaluation of psychological disturbance amongst young children following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. We used a new psychological evaluation questionnaire for young children, the PSYCa 3–6. It is a hetero-evaluation tool and is completed on site by the interviewer. The questionnaire was conducted in Port-au-Prince. The average age of the 166 children taking part in the study was 58 months. Psychological disturbance score appears to be high amongst our child population in Port-au-Prince. This corroborates other research into the psychological condition of natural disaster victims. A higher score of psychological disturbance was observed amongst boys and in the youngest group of children. This first application of the PSYCa 3–6, in a natural disaster area, highlights its capacity to identify children in great difficulties, the acceptability of the questionnaire and its appropriateness for use in humanitarian crisis areas.

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