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Long-term trajectories of PTSD or resilience in former East German political prisoners.
Torture 2013; 23(1):15-27T

Abstract

Studies on the long-term consequences of traumatization found different diagnostic trajectories: chronic, recovered, delayed and resilient. This distinction, however, was never studied in victims of torture or severe political persecution. We aimed to verify the trajectory classes of PTSD empirically and to analyze potential predictors of such trajectories. Former political prisoners from East Germany, first interviewed in 1995, were re-assessed fourteen years later. In 1995, retrospective symptom reports dating back to shortly after the prisoners' release dates were assessed. Predictors of the four different trajectories were divided into pre-trauma, peri-trauma, and post-trauma factors. As a result, the four long-term trajectories were validated in the current sample with the following percentages: chronic (36%), resilient (27%), recovered (26%) and delayed (11%) trajectories. Trajectories were mainly distinguished by pre- and post-traumatic factors, e.g. pre-trauma education or post-trauma disclosure opportunities. We conclude that the four long-term trajectories of trauma sequelae deserve more attention to adequately deal with survivors of severe persecution. Furthermore, the specific predictors of long-term trajectory deserve more attention for re-integration or in rehabilitation.

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Div. of Psychopathology & Clinical Intervention, University of Zurich, Switzerland. maercker@psychologie.uzh.chNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23519099

Citation

Maercker, Andreas, et al. "Long-term Trajectories of PTSD or Resilience in Former East German Political Prisoners." Torture : Quarterly Journal On Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture, vol. 23, no. 1, 2013, pp. 15-27.
Maercker A, Gäbler I, O'Neil J, et al. Long-term trajectories of PTSD or resilience in former East German political prisoners. Torture. 2013;23(1):15-27.
Maercker, A., Gäbler, I., O'Neil, J., Schützwohl, M., & Müller, M. (2013). Long-term trajectories of PTSD or resilience in former East German political prisoners. Torture : Quarterly Journal On Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture, 23(1), pp. 15-27.
Maercker A, et al. Long-term Trajectories of PTSD or Resilience in Former East German Political Prisoners. Torture. 2013;23(1):15-27. PubMed PMID: 23519099.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Long-term trajectories of PTSD or resilience in former East German political prisoners. AU - Maercker,Andreas, AU - Gäbler,Ira, AU - O'Neil,Jennifer, AU - Schützwohl,Matthias, AU - Müller,Mario, Y1 - 2012/10/19/ PY - 2013/3/23/entrez PY - 2013/3/23/pubmed PY - 2014/2/6/medline SP - 15 EP - 27 JF - Torture : quarterly journal on rehabilitation of torture victims and prevention of torture JO - Torture VL - 23 IS - 1 N2 - Studies on the long-term consequences of traumatization found different diagnostic trajectories: chronic, recovered, delayed and resilient. This distinction, however, was never studied in victims of torture or severe political persecution. We aimed to verify the trajectory classes of PTSD empirically and to analyze potential predictors of such trajectories. Former political prisoners from East Germany, first interviewed in 1995, were re-assessed fourteen years later. In 1995, retrospective symptom reports dating back to shortly after the prisoners' release dates were assessed. Predictors of the four different trajectories were divided into pre-trauma, peri-trauma, and post-trauma factors. As a result, the four long-term trajectories were validated in the current sample with the following percentages: chronic (36%), resilient (27%), recovered (26%) and delayed (11%) trajectories. Trajectories were mainly distinguished by pre- and post-traumatic factors, e.g. pre-trauma education or post-trauma disclosure opportunities. We conclude that the four long-term trajectories of trauma sequelae deserve more attention to adequately deal with survivors of severe persecution. Furthermore, the specific predictors of long-term trajectory deserve more attention for re-integration or in rehabilitation. SN - 1997-3322 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23519099/Long_term_trajectories_of_PTSD_or_resilience_in_former_East_German_political_prisoners_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/posttraumaticstressdisorder.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -