A three-year follow-up of cambodian young people traumatized as children

John (Dave) Kinzie, William Sack, Richard Angell, Greg Clarke, Rath Ben

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Twenty-seven Cambodian young people, who were severely traumatized at ages 8 to 12, were followed up 3 years after an original study. A structured interview and self-rating scales showed that post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) were still highly prevalent (48%). Depression existed in 41%. Those with PTSD differed significantly from those without PTSD on the Global Adjustment Scale, the Social Adjustment Scale, the Beck Depression Inventory, and the Impact of Event Scale. Eight subjects had PTSD at both interviews, while 11 had none at either time. Eight showed a variable course. Avoidance behavior was highly prevalent, even among those without PTSD diagnosis. Although functioning relatively well, these youths continued to show symptoms related to their trauma of 8 to 12 years before.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-504
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1989



  • Follow-up study
  • PTSD
  • Traumatized Cambodian children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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