The Multiple Dimensions of Child Poverty in Sri Lanka: A literature review
Little information is available on mental health issues in children. This is an area in which existing research needs to be more widely communicated, or new research undertaken as there is little quantitative evidence on the prevalence of mental health disorders in children. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one psychological disorder that children subject to abuse and deprivation are more vulnerable to, but PTSD is a controversial area as the characteristics are many and various and it is not always easy to positively diagnose the disorder. However, sexual abuse, poverty and natural disasters such as the tsunami are commonly associated with PTSD in children.