The Swedish Tsunami Cohort
A study on risk factors of long-term psychiatric and somatic morbidity of Swedish survivors
We have established a population-based study of Swedish Tsunami survivors with one-year follow-up questionnaire and subsequent 2-4 year register-based follow-up of psychiatric and somatic health and follow-up studies of specific groups with extreme trauma exposure and loss of children and spouses/significant others.
- To identify disaster aftermath reactions and the process of recovering over a four-year period
- To identify high-risk groups
- To identify risk factors (pre-disposing factors, exposure variations) and protecting factors to develop long-term stress reactions and morbidity
- To examine the importance of delayed identification of deceased significant others for long-term morbidity
- To examine the importance of physical injuries and chronic infections for long-term adverse psychological reactions
- To improve our understanding of disaster preparedness within a cultural frame
|Centre of Public Health Sciences, University of Iceland||Unnur Valdemarsdottír|
|National Center for Disaster Psychiatry (KCKP), Uppsala||Tom Lundin, Kerstin Bergh-Johannesson, P-O Michel|
|Norwegian Center for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies, Oslo||Lars Weisaeth, Trond Heir|
|Institute of Public Health, Copenhagen, Denmark||Erik Lykke Mortensen, Henrik Steen Andersen, Susanne Rosenberg|
|Stockholm County Council, Unit for Public Health, Stockholm||Abbe Schulman|
|University of Southern California||Margret Gatz|
|Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University/the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)||Kristina Höök|
|Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics||Nancy Pedersen|
- The effect of traumatic bereavement on tsunami-exposed survivors.
J Trauma Stress 2009 Dec;22(6):497-504
- Impact of exposure to trauma on posttraumatic stress disorder symptomatology in Swedish tourist tsunami survivors.
J. Nerv. Ment. Dis. 2009 May;197(5):316-23
- Tsunami-affected Scandinavian tourists: disaster exposure and post-traumatic stress symptoms.
Nord J Psychiatry 2011 Feb;65(1):9-15
- Tsunami-exposed tourist survivors: signs of recovery in a 3-year perspective.
J. Nerv. Ment. Dis. 2011 Mar;199(3):162-9
- After the flood: resilience among tsunami-afflicted adolescents.
Nord J Psychiatry 2014 Jan;68(1):38-43