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Vol. 42, No. 4, 2009
Issue release date: June 2009
Section title: Original Paper
Psychopathology 2009;42:236–241
(DOI:10.1159/000218521)

Predictive Factors for Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder after Motor Vehicle Accidents

Yaşan A.a · Güzel A.b · Tamam Y.c · Ozkan M.a
Departments of aPsychiatry, bNeurosurgery and cNeurology, Faculty of Medicine, Dicle University, Diyarbakır, Turkey

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: May 16, 2009
Issue release date: June 2009

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

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Abstract

Background: Since traffic accidents are more common in developing countries than in developed countries, we aimed to investigate the association of several factors with the development and persistence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after traffic accidents. Sampling and Methods: In the study,95 participants with injuries from traffic accidents were evaluated at 4 different times: in the beginning, and after 3, 6 and 12 months. Results: During the first evaluation, 41.1% (39) of our participants had acute stress disorder (ASD). It was found that lower perceived social support (OR = 0.0908, 95% CI = 0.834–0.989, p = 0.027) and higher peritraumatic dissociative experience scores (OR = 1.332, 95% CI = 1.170–1.516, p < 0.001) were significant predictors of ASD. In the evaluations after 3, 6 and 12 months after the accident, we found PTSD affected 29.8, 23.1 and 17.9% of the participants, respectively. Although limitations at work and in social life after a traffic accident were not related to PTSD at 3 months (OR = 122.43, 95% CI = 0.000, p = 0.999) or at 6 months (OR = 63.438, 95% CI = 0.529–76.059, p = 0.089), limitations at work and in social life were predictors of PTSD at 12 months (OR = 155.514, 95% CI = 2.321–104.22, p = 0.019). Conclusions: The persistence of PTSD at the 12-month evaluation is related to ASD, limitations in work and social life, and lower social support scores. In developing countries like Turkey, long-term PTSD is commonly seen after traffic accidents.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: May 16, 2009
Issue release date: June 2009

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PSP


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