An important part of the OperationSAFE child trauma psychological first-aid intervention is to collect data on the emotional state of children after disasters and their progress toward recovery.
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The survey has been developed by Dr. Alan Oda and Dr. Emiko Koyama who are conducting ongoing research.
Volunteers use a questionnaire assessing seven categories for each child; general health status, attention level, activity level, affect, sociability, general appetite, and reaction to conflict / distress. Questions were designed to assess somatoform issues (DSM-IV Axis III), depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the child’s coping skills, shock, and stress. Each question allows the volunteer to rate the child on each category using a 1 – 5 point Likert scale.
Two observations are recorded for each child, an initial baseline assessment before the start of the OpSAFE program, and a second report after the one week OpSAFE program.
The online assessment tool has been developed using the KoBo Toolbox (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative).