Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisorHider, Phil
dc.contributor.advisorMoor, Stephanie
dc.contributor.authorSeers, Kara Elizabeth
dc.date.available2016-06-02T02:40:58Z
dc.date.copyright2016
dc.identifier.citationSeers, K. E. (2016). Growing up on Shaky Ground: An Investigation into the Emotional and Behavioural Wellbeing of Four-Year-Olds in Canterbury’s Post-Disaster Environment (Thesis, Master of Public Health). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/6523en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/6523
dc.description.abstractA series of major earthquakes began in Canterbury, New Zealand, in September 2010 which continued for approximately the next three years. The Canterbury earthquakes have left healthcare providers, teachers and parents concerned for the mental wellbeing of children growing up in Canterbury. Previous research has indicated that exposure to a large natural disaster during childhood can lead to emotional and behavioural disturbances in children which could potentially have long lasting effects on personal and population health. There are, however, serious methodological limitations in many of the available studies on this topic. The B4 school check, which has been in use in NZ since 2008, is a nation-wide health screening tool for four-year-olds which includes the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), a measure of behavioural and emotional problems in children. The current study aimed to investigate the impact of earthquakes on the emotional and behavioural wellbeing of four-year-olds in Canterbury by analysing data from the B4 School Check. Temporal and geographical trends in various measures of wellbeing were analysed using logistic regression to ascertain whether the trends in Canterbury may have been impacted by the earthquakes. Mean population SDQ scores and the proportion of abnormal SDQ scores in the population over time both decreased on all measures over the study period. Analyses indicated that, when compared to a control population, an overall population-level negative impact on SDQ scores due to the earthquakes was not present in the considered data. This finding is surprising given the extent of community disruption and distress following the Canterbury earthquakes and is not consistent with other most similar research findings. Various explanations can be given for why the current results were found. Firstly, the study findings may be a true result. This could be because of positive factors such as resilience, the age of participants being a possible protective factor, or a general failure for exposure levels to meet a threshold level. Alternatively, a possible true result could be explained by the effect of the earthquakes being on non-studied measures only. Secondly, other explanations such as chance, bias, confounding or error could explain why the current results were found. Any practical implications must be made with caution due to limitations of the study and the narrow generalizability of the findings. Further work is needed to explore the health needs specific to the children in Canterbury.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
dc.rightsAll items in OUR Archive are provided for private study and research purposes and are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subjectEarthquake
dc.subjectNatural Disaster
dc.subjectSDQ
dc.subjectEmotion
dc.subjectBehaviour
dc.subjectWellbeing
dc.subjectMental Health
dc.subjectCross-sectional
dc.subjectCanterbury
dc.subjectChristchurch
dc.subjectB4 School Check
dc.subjectResiliance
dc.subjectChild
dc.subjectPre-School
dc.subjectPublic Health
dc.subjectPopulation Health
dc.titleGrowing up on Shaky Ground: An Investigation into the Emotional and Behavioural Wellbeing of Four-Year-Olds in Canterbury’s Post-Disaster Environment
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2016-06-02T00:47:49Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineDepartment of Population Health
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Public Health
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
 Find in your library

Files in this item

Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record