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Children's Emotional Distress After Hurricane Linked With Parents' Stress Levels

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Post-traumatic stress symptoms

Many families who lived through the destruction of Florida's Hurricane Charley in 2004 are likely still struggling with the storm's effects on their mental health.

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A University of South Florida College of Public Health study released today found that how DeSoto County children coped with the hurricane's aftermath was closely linked to their parents' psychological well-being. The study was conducted with the DeSoto County Health Department and the DeSoto County School District.

A significant percentage of families reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, including sleep disturbances, depression, anger and anxiety, months after the hurricane