Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 148–153

The measurement of children's sleep disturbances and somatic complaints following a disaster

  • Stephen J. Dollinger

DOI: 10.1007/BF00706172

Cite this article as:
Dollinger, S.J. Child Psych Hum Dev (1986) 16: 148. doi:10.1007/BF00706172


Child-victims of a lightning-strike disaster were interviewed and their mothers completed a checklist describing their adjustment in terms of sleep disturbance and somatic complaints. Results showed that a number of children experienced significant sleep and somatic problems and that, in keeping with this study's purpose, the checklist is a reliable and valid measure of children's emotional distress.

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© Human Sciences Press 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen J. Dollinger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologySouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondale

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