Examination of General Health Following Typhoon Xangsane: A Pre-Postanalysis

Kathryn Conrad, Ananda Amstadter, Jenna McCauley, Lisa Richardson, Dean Kilpatrick, Trinh Luong Tran, Lam Trung, Nguyen Tam, Tran Tuan, La Buoi, Tran Ha, Thach Tran, Ron Acierno

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Abstract

An individual s health status immediately following a disaster may predict long-term morbidity and mortality. However, relative to the growing literature on postdisaster mental health, less is known about physical health outcomes, particularly in developing countries. Unlike most studies, the current investigation obtained physical health data both before and after Typhoon Xangsane, which struck the Da Nang province of Vietnam in 2006, and related these predisaster data to postdisaster health functioning, among other factors. Specifically, a sample of 795 randomly selected adults was interviewed both prior to, and after the typhoon. Results indicated that participants with symptoms of major depressive disorder and panic disorder, older participants and participants who reported high distress during the actual typhoon were most at-risk for lower self-rated health postdisaster compared to those without these risk factors. Given that Vietnam is still designated a developing country, the present study enhances the literature on postdisaster physical health correlates in developing nations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109 - 115
Number of pages7
JournalPsychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
Volume2
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Conrad, K., Amstadter, A., McCauley, J., Richardson, L., Kilpatrick, D., Tran, T. L., Trung, L., Tam, N., Tuan, T., Buoi, L., Ha, T., Tran, T., & Acierno, R. (2010). Examination of General Health Following Typhoon Xangsane: A Pre-Postanalysis. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 2(2), 109 - 115.