Child and Parent Reaction to the Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident

H. ALLEN HANDFORD, SUSAN DICKERSON MAYES, RICHARD E. MATTISON, FREDERICK J. HUMPHREY, STEPHEN BAGNATO, EDWARD O. BIXLER, JOYCE D. KALES

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Abstract

Thirty-five local children and their parents were studied 1 1/2 years after the Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear accident. On a standardized self-report measure, the children were found to have a level of residual anxiety that was not identified by their parents. These children also consistently reported stronger and more symptomatic responses to the TMI accident for themselves than their parents did for them. Child intensity-of-reaction scores were significantly related to mother-father discordance in mood and reaction to the event. Four of the children who were psychiatrically disturbed showed significantly high or low intensity-of-reaction levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-356
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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