Mental Health Status of Children after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident

Hirobumi Mashiko, Hirooki Yabe, Masaharu Maeda, Syuntaro Itagaki, Yasuto Kunii, Tetsuya Shiga, Itaru Miura, Yuriko Suzuki, Seiji Yasumura, Hajime Iwasa, Shin Ichi Niwa, Akira Ohtsuru, Masafumi Abe

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Abstract

The disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, might have affected the mental health status of children. To assess the mental health status, we measured the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) in 15 274 children (aged 4-15 years). The proportions of those who scored above the cutoff (≥16) of SDQ, reflecting the clinical range of the mental health status, were 25.0% (aged 4-6 years), 22.0% (aged 7-12 years, and 16.3% (aged 13-15 years), which were higher than that in the usual state (9.5%). We also explored the possibility that the distribution on the Fukushima prefectural map of the proportions of those who scored above the cutoff (≥16) of SDQ might correspond with the environmental radiation levels, but there was no significant correlation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131S-138S
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume29
Issue number2_suppl
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • PTSD
  • SDQ
  • child
  • earthquake
  • mental health
  • nuclear power plant
  • tsunami

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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