Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & TreatmentISSN: 2324-8947

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Research Article, J Trauma Stress Disord Treat Vol: 6 Issue: 1

Prevalence rate of PTSD, Depression and Anxiety symptoms among Saudi Firefighters

Mohammed Alghamdi1*, Nigel Hunt2 and Shirley Thomas3
1Division of Psychology, College of Education and Art -Tarabah, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
2Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, UK
3Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, UK
Corresponding author : Mohammed Alghamdi
Division of Psychology, College of Education and Art -Tarabah , Taif University, Saudi Arabia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: September 23, 2016 Accepted: October 20, 2016 Published: October 31, 2016
Citation: Alghamdi M, Hunt N, Thomas S (2016) Prevalence rate of PTSD, Depression and Anxiety symptoms among Saudi Firefighters. J Trauma Stress Disord Treat 6:1. doi: 10.4172/2324-8947.1000164


Background: Firefighters have a high likelihood of being exposed to a variety of traumatic events. Traumatic events may occur during any rescue, such as providing aid to seriously injured victims or seeing a colleague injured. The psychological cost of this exposure may increase the risk of long-term problems such as PTSD symptoms, anxiety and depression. Moreover, firefighters who are injured in the line of duty sometimes have to retire as a consequence of their injury.

Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of traumatic events, PTSD symptoms, anxiety and depression, and assess related variables such as coping strategies and social support among Saudi firefighters.

Method: Two hundred Saudi firefighters completed the Firefighters Trauma History Screen (FTHS) to measure the number of traumatic events; the Screen for Post-traumatic Stress Symptoms (SPTSS) scale to assess the prevalence of PTSD symptoms; the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) to assess depression and anxiety; the Brief COPE (BC) Scale to measure coping strategies used; and the Social Support Scale to evaluate the support that firefighters receive.

Results: The results showed that 57% of firefighters fully met DSM-IV criteria for PTSD symptoms; the prevalence of anxiety and depression was 44.4% and 53.3% respectively. PTSD symptoms were significantly correlated with, anxiety, depression and passive coping strategies but not with active coping or social support.

Conclusion: These results suggest that firefighters who experience multiple traumatic events as a result of their work environment may develop related symptoms, and they should not be neglected.

Keywords: PTSD; Anxiety; Depression; Firefighters

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