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Table 3 Baseline clinical expression and main complaints of MSF program patients by age category, 2007-2011

From: Short and longer-term psychological consequences of Operation Cast Lead: documentation from a mental health program in the Gaza Strip

  Age category
<15 years ≥ 15 years
N % N %
Clinical expression     
Distress/anxiety 285 (34) 161 (32)
Inhibition/withdrawal 204 (24) 46 (9)
Sadness/crying 163 (19) 204 (41)
Unspecified 147 (17) 47 (9)
Aggression/anger 29 (3) 23 (5)
Agitation/logorrhea 13 (2) 20 (4)
Total 841 (100) 501 (100)
Patient Complaints     
Fear 568 (67) 93 (18)
Sleep disturbance 218 (26) 172 (34)
Enuresis 328 (39) 8 (2)
Sadness 56 (7) 163 (32)
Aggressivity 118 (14) 65 (13)
Intrusive memories 57 (7) 105 (21)
Anxiety/worries 56 (7) 100 (20)
Somatic complaints 21 (2) 90 (18)
Grief 18 (2) 65 (13)
Avoidance 35 (4) 20 (4)
Pain 8 (1) 38 (8)
Hyperactivity 43 (5) 2 (0)
Concentration problem 23 (3) 14 (3)
Other complaint 20 (2) 15 (3)
Speech problem 29 (3) 2 (0)
Learning disability 22 (3) 2 (0)
Weakness 5 (1) 11 (2)
Suicidal/risky behavior 4 (0) 8 (2)
Eating problems 7 (1) 4 (1)
Delusions/hallucinations 1 (0) 2 (0)
Total complaints 1637 (193) 979 (193)
Total patients 846 (100) 506 (100)
  1. Clinical expression not recorded for 15 patients.
  2. Patient complaints not recorded for 5 patients.