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Severity of the prisoner of war experience and post-traumatic stress disorder

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 April 2020

MA Crocq
Centre Hospitalier Spécialisé, 68250, Rouffach, France
KD Hein
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
F Duval
Centre Hospitalier Spécialisé, 68250, Rouffach, France
JP Macher
Centre Hospitalier Spécialisé, 68250, Rouffach, France
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This study evaluates the relationship between stress of captivity and subsequent presence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been evaluated in a homogeneous population of 817 Alsatian World War II veterans who were imprisoned in the USSR during and after the war. Data were collected in 1988 by a questionnaire structured to investigate the presence of DSM-III-R criteria for PTSD as well as events experienced in captivity. The presumptive diagnosis of PTSD was found to be significantly associated with longer internment and with higher scores on a severity of POW experience index.

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Copyright © Elsevier, Paris 1991

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