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Risk and Protective Factors in the Development of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms among a Cohort of Students in Two Tertiary Institutions Post Hurricane Ivan

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179–80

ABSTRACT

Objective: This study seeks to identify factors associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following Hurricane Ivan among a cohort of tertiary-level students in Jamaica.

Methods: A 22-item, self-administered questionnaire was administered to a non-random sample. Using parametric and non-parametric analyses, the relationship between PTSD symptoms and several
variables was examined.

Results: Feeling anxious, worried or fearful and/or experiencing loss and injury during the hurricane were significant (p < 0.01) predictors for PTSD symptoms

Conclusions: Factors predicting the development of PTSD symptoms were feeling anxious, worried or fearful during the hurricane and experiencing loss of property and/or death or injury of a family member during the hurricane.

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e-Published: 18 Sep, 2013
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