Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 139–150

Across six nations: Stressful events in the lives of children

  • Kaoru Yamamoto
  • O. L. DavisJr.
  • Stanislaw Dylak
  • Jean Whittaker
  • Colin Marsh
  • P. C. van der Westhuizen
Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF02353355

Cite this article as:
Yamamoto, K., Davis, O.L., Dylak, S. et al. Child Psych Hum Dev (1996) 26: 139. doi:10.1007/BF02353355

Abstract

A total of 1,729 children (2nd–9th grades) in South Africa, Iceland, Poland, Australia, the U.K., and the U.S.A. rated 20 events in terms of how upsetting they are. Save in Poland, the ratings were in close agreement (r, .85–.97), placing the loss of parent at the top and a new baby sibling at the bottom. In Poland, the baby's arrival led the list. Even so, what was seen as quite upsetting fell everywhere in the same two categories—experiences that threaten one's sense of security and those that occasion personal denigration and embarrassment.

Key Words

ChildrenUpsetting ExperiencesStress

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaoru Yamamoto
    • 1
  • O. L. DavisJr.
    • 2
  • Stanislaw Dylak
    • 3
  • Jean Whittaker
    • 4
  • Colin Marsh
    • 5
  • P. C. van der Westhuizen
    • 6
  1. 1.School of Education (Box 106)University of Colorado at DenverDenver
  2. 2.The University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  3. 3.Adam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznanPoland
  4. 4.University of HullUK
  5. 5.Edith Cowan UniversityPerthAustralia
  6. 6.Potchefstroom UniversityPotchefstroomSouth Africa