Determination and evaluation of effects of earthquake on school age children's (6-12 years old) behaviours
This study was performed to determine and evaluate the effects of earthquake on school age children's behaviours. Total 420 children from five primary school were covered by the survey. The data were obtained from a questionnaire which was prepared by taking expert opinion and examining related literature. Children's 49.0 % consisted of girls and children's 51.0 % consisted of boys. The mean age of the children is 9.05 +/- 1.42. That all of the children had experienced at least once, in addition to this nearly half of the children's houses and more than half of the children's schools had damaged was learned. That the earthquake had affected almost all of the girls' and boys' experiences were stressed, besides it was seen statistically found significant among boys. That the earthquake affected children's daily life activities were determined; furthermore it was seen that some post-traumatic stress disorder findings were higher in girls when compared to boys. When more than half of the children remembered the earthquake it was found that they felt fear, nearly half of them did not know the reason of earthquake and a great majority of them had happy and living together expectations from the future. (C) 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.