A new study conducted by researchers at Tohoku University School of Medicine reveals that more than a quarter of Japanese nursery children who have been affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami require psychiatric care.
The researchers collected responses from more than 175 children between 3 and 5 years old from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima and analyzed them with the help of a standard child behavior checklist. The researchers found that the need for urgent psychiatric care among children from regions affected by the quake was three times higher than in other regions.
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"It is known that children need (psychiatric) care right after an earthquake disaster, but this study was done more than a year and half after the fact, so that concerns me", National Center for Child Health and Development's Makiko Okuyama, who was part of the study, said.
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