Journal article

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in preschool children - Review on diagnostics, prevalence and health-care service delivery in Germany

Franka Metzner, Kim Sobania, Mira Vasileva, Michelle Wichmann, Daniela Lempertz, Silke Pawils

ZEITSCHRIFT FUR PSYCHIATRIE PSYCHOLOGIE UND PSYCHOTHERAPIE | HOGREFE PUBLISHING CORP | Published : 2020

Abstract

Preschool-aged children between the ages of three and six have a high risk of experiencing violence or accidents, or they can be afflicted by life-threatening diseases or serious medical procedures. However, studies on the prevalence of traumatic experiences and disorders following trauma, e. g. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in preschool children can so far only scarcely be found worldwide. This article therefore a) provides an overview over criteria and instruments for the diagnosis of PTSD in preschool children, b) summarises the results of a systematic literature review on the prevalence of PTSD in trauma-exposed preschool children, and c) describes the few available findings on p..

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