The Effect of Prior Stressful Experience on Coping with war Trauma and Captivity

Zahava Solomon*

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Abstract

The study assessed the implications of childhood life events, Holocaust background combat experiences, war captivity and negative post-captivity life events in the mental status of ex-POWs (164) and comparable controls (184), 18 years after the war. Findings confirm the association between stressful life events in the course of the life span and five outcomes: PTSD, intrusion and avoidance tendencies, psychiatric symptomatology, and impaired social functioning. Different life events have different effects. War captivity made the strongest contribution to all dependent variables.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1289-1294
Number of pages6
JournalPsychological Medicine
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1995

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