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Disturbed family functioning in patients suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder.
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PMID:  23348173     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Aim To investigate whether the presence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptomatology is related to speciic family problems. Methods The study included 94 subjects who were divided into three groups: a group with posttraumatic stress disorder (based on PCL for DSM-IV National Center for PTSD) (N=31), a group with problems in postwar functioning but without posttraumatic stress disorder (N=33), a group of subjects who were mobilized but with no combat exposure experience (N=30). The irst and the second group had the experience of combat exposure. The irst group was experimental, being diagnosed with PTSD. The second and the third group were control groups (the irst and the second control group). The groups were compared by intensity and quality of family dysfunction, in relation to parameters, determined by speciic instruments used in this research. Results The subjects with the experience of combat exposure had the problems in family functioning independently of the existence of PTSD diagnosis. Many of these problems were caused by the damage of combat experience. We also found a high level of secondary traumatization among other family members. Conclusion The combat experience causes problems in postwar family functioning of combatants independently of PTSD diagnosis being conirmed. It is, therefore, necessary to help all of the combatants and their families reintegrate, regardless of their PTSD diagnosis.
Tatjana Milenković; Maja Simonović; Miodrag Stanković; Ljiljana Samardžić
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicinski glasnik : official publication of the Medical Association of Zenica-Doboj Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1840-0132     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Glas Ljek komore Zenicko-doboj kantona     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101250177     Medline TA:  Med Glas Ljek komore Zenicko-doboj kantona     Country:  Bosnia and Hercegovina    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  120-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Clinic for Mental Health Care, Clinical Center Niš, 2 School of Medicine, University of Niš; Niš, Serbia.
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