PTSD and social functioning - A three year prospective study

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This longitudinal study assessed long term social functioning among two groups of Israeli soldiers: (a) front line soldiers who had been treated for combat stress reaction (CSR) during the 1982 Lebanon war (n=213); and (b) matched controls who were front line soldiers participating in the same battles, but did not sustain a CSR (n=116). Subjects were screened one, two, and three years after the war for PTSD and social functioning. Results indicated that CSR and PTSD casualties reported more problems in social functioning than controls. The link between PTSD and social functioning was stronger among PTSD veterans who had suffered an antecedent CSR episode. Time had a differential effect on the social functioning of CSR and control subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-133
Number of pages7
JournalSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1989


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