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Post-traumatic stress disorder among wives of Kuwaiti veterans of the first Gulf War.
J Anxiety Disord. 2008; 22(1):18-31.JA

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

To assess post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among wives of Gulf War Kuwaiti military men, divided into four groups according to degree of combat exposure: the retired, an active-in-the-army group (AIA) (involved in duties at the rear); an in-battle group (IB) (involved in combat); and a prisoners-of-war (POWs) group. To assess the relationship between wives' PTSD and indices of family adjustment, husbands' level of combat exposure, and PTSD status.

METHOD

One hundred and seventy-six wives were assessed with the PTSD Checklist for DSM-IV, the family adjustment device, and for anxiety/depression.

RESULTS

Fifty (28.4%) fulfilled criteria for probable PTSD. The prevalence was significantly associated with husbands' combat exposure, her presence in Kuwait, but not with husbands' PTSD status. Wives' PTSD was mostly predicted by their depression/anxiety scores.

CONCLUSION

The findings support the salience of effective social support, and the need for women empowerment issues in psychosocial intervention for this group.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, College of Education, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait P.O. Box 117, Safat 13002, Kuwait.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17324552

Citation

Al-Turkait, Fawziyah A., and Jude U. Ohaeri. "Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Among Wives of Kuwaiti Veterans of the First Gulf War." Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 22, no. 1, 2008, pp. 18-31.
Al-Turkait FA, Ohaeri JU. Post-traumatic stress disorder among wives of Kuwaiti veterans of the first Gulf War. J Anxiety Disord. 2008;22(1):18-31.
Al-Turkait, F. A., & Ohaeri, J. U. (2008). Post-traumatic stress disorder among wives of Kuwaiti veterans of the first Gulf War. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 22(1), 18-31.
Al-Turkait FA, Ohaeri JU. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Among Wives of Kuwaiti Veterans of the First Gulf War. J Anxiety Disord. 2008;22(1):18-31. PubMed PMID: 17324552.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Post-traumatic stress disorder among wives of Kuwaiti veterans of the first Gulf War. AU - Al-Turkait,Fawziyah A, AU - Ohaeri,Jude U, Y1 - 2007/02/03/ PY - 2006/10/28/received PY - 2007/01/13/revised PY - 2007/01/31/accepted PY - 2007/2/28/pubmed PY - 2008/4/10/medline PY - 2007/2/28/entrez SP - 18 EP - 31 JF - Journal of anxiety disorders JO - J Anxiety Disord VL - 22 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVES: To assess post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among wives of Gulf War Kuwaiti military men, divided into four groups according to degree of combat exposure: the retired, an active-in-the-army group (AIA) (involved in duties at the rear); an in-battle group (IB) (involved in combat); and a prisoners-of-war (POWs) group. To assess the relationship between wives' PTSD and indices of family adjustment, husbands' level of combat exposure, and PTSD status. METHOD: One hundred and seventy-six wives were assessed with the PTSD Checklist for DSM-IV, the family adjustment device, and for anxiety/depression. RESULTS: Fifty (28.4%) fulfilled criteria for probable PTSD. The prevalence was significantly associated with husbands' combat exposure, her presence in Kuwait, but not with husbands' PTSD status. Wives' PTSD was mostly predicted by their depression/anxiety scores. CONCLUSION: The findings support the salience of effective social support, and the need for women empowerment issues in psychosocial intervention for this group. SN - 0887-6185 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17324552/Post_traumatic_stress_disorder_among_wives_of_Kuwaiti_veterans_of_the_first_Gulf_War_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0887-6185(07)00022-9 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -