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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.35 No.3 September 2011. -

The main objective of this study was to examine an association of various symptoms in chronic combat-related post

traumatic stress disorder PTSD and the quality of life in this population. 248 Croatian male war veterans all diagnosed

with chronic PTSD were consecutively enrolled in this studyas they showed up at the routine check-up. They were

given self report questionnaires Trauma Symptom Inventory TSI-A evaluating different PTSD symptoms and WHO

Quality of Life-BREF assessing four different domains of the quality of life. After independent sample t- test was performed,

the presence of each symptom defined by Trauma Symptom Inventory indicated the impairment of all four quality

of life domains in a group of subject suffering from it, except of intrusive experience not being associated with the

lesser quality in social domain. All quality of life domains were significantly correlated with various PTSD symptoms;

however Pearson correlation factors ranged from small to medium value. As expected, PTSD symptoms are associated

with lesser quality of life in the affected population. The further research is needed to show possible causal relationship

between PTSD and, especially, physical health of these patients.

PTSD; quality of life; war veterans; mental health



Author: Marijana Braš - Vibor Milunović - Maja Boban - Vlatko Micković - Zoran Lončar - Rudolf Gregurek - Miro Laco -

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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