Importance of psychological support for disaster-affected adolescents: 10 years after the great east japan earthquake

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Abstract

Introduction: Adolescents affected by disasters need mental health support because they tend to be at risk of developing psychiatric disorders and stress as grown-ups. However, it is difficult to develop and val-idate a support system for adolescents affected by disasters because it is unknown when and where disasters occur, and there is inadequate data related to this in Japan. Methods: To address these issues, we present a mental health support system for high school students affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. We hy-pothesized that mental health support could be pro-vided by classroom teachers and school nurses, who are familiar with high school students. We investigated the psychological state of the affected high school students for three years after the earthquake, and the students in psychological crises received interventions from their class teachers and school nurses. Results: The intervention resulted in improvements in depression and post-traumatic stress reaction (PTSR). Con-clusion: These results suggest that our high school-based intervention is a feasible solution for mental health support for adolescents affected by the disaster.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)914-921
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Disaster Research
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Sep

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Mental health
  • Psychological support
  • School-based intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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