Newly Recognized Stuttering in Three Young Children Following the Hojedk Earthquake in Iran

Jafari, H and Mohamadi, M and Haghjoo, A and Heidari, M (2019) Newly Recognized Stuttering in Three Young Children Following the Hojedk Earthquake in Iran. Prehosp Disaster Med.

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Natural disasters, particularly earthquakes, in addition to physical complications, have always had psychological consequences for those affected by them. Stuttering is one of the psychological consequences of shocking events. After a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in Hojedk, Kerman, Iran, two 5-year-old children and a 4-year-old child with symptoms of discontinuous speech (including repeated sound, syllable, and words) were referred to the Kerman Welfare Organization's rehabilitation center (Kerman, Iran). After history-taking, it became clear that the children had begun to stutter after the earthquake due to fear and stress. Considering the importance of negative emotional experiences in the onset of stuttering, it cannot really be said with certainty that the negative experience of the earthquake initiated the stuttering. Rather, the stuttering had not been present before the earthquake and appeared after the event. These cases indicate the importance of psychosocial support and speech therapy after disasters, especially for children that have higher psychological vulnerability than other age groups

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: disaster, earthquakes, psychological impact, stuttering
Subjects: W General medicine- Health professions
WB Practice of Medicine
QZ pathology-Neoplasms
QY Clinical Pathology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Department of Clinical Sciences > Department of Pathology
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2019 04:26
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 04:26

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