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WAR VETERANS' QUALITY OF LIFE: THE IMPACT OF LIFETIME TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH-RELATED CHARACTERISTICS

Drustvena Istrazivanja, 2011, Vol.20(4), pp.1101-1118 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    WAR VETERANS' QUALITY OF LIFE: THE IMPACT OF LIFETIME TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH-RELATED CHARACTERISTICS
  • Author: Anticevic, Vesna ; Kardum, Goran ; Britvic, Dolores
  • Found In: Drustvena Istrazivanja, 2011, Vol.20(4), pp.1101-1118 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Croatia ; Quality of Life ; Veterans ; War ; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ; Health ; Personality Traits
  • Language: English
  • Description: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the cross-sectional differences in self-reported psychological symptoms, life-time exposure to traumatic events, coping styles, personality traits and overall quality of life between the PTSD and non-PTSD Croatian War veterans. A total of 113 subjects within the three groups participated in the study (veterans with PTSD, non-PTSD veterans and controls). Veterans with PTSD assessed both combat experiences and exposure to other life-time traumatic events as extremely stressful, much more so than veterans without PTSD or control subjects. Scores among the non-PTSD veterans were similar to the control subjects, except on the M-PTSD scale, scale of psychosomatic symptoms and coping by avoidance. Intensity of PTSD, extraversion and active coping were individually significant in explaining the total QoL (p<0.01). This study showed that veterans with PTSD became extremely vulnerable to lifetime stress events. [PUBLICATION ]
  • Identifier: ISSN: 13300288 ; E-ISSN: 18486096 ; DOI: 10.5559/di.20.4.09

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