Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment ISSN: 2324-8947

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Research Article, J Trauma Stress Disor Treat Vol: 3 Issue: 2

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Internally Displaced People Subjected to Displacement by Armed Forces

Altan Essizoglu1* and Inan Keser2
1Department of Psychiatry, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Eskisehir, Turkeys
2Department of Sociology, Dicle University, Diyarbakir, Turkey
Corresponding author : Altan Essizoglu
Department of Psychiatry, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Eskisehir, Turkey
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Received: October 26, 2013 Accepted: January 24, 2014 Published: March 07, 2014
Citation: Essizoglu A, Keser I (2014) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Internally Displaced People Subjected to Displacement by Armed Forces. J Trauma Stress Disor Treat 3:2. doi:10.4172/2324-8947.1000122

Abstract

 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Internally Displaced People Subjected to Displacement by Armed Forces

In this study, we aimed to investigate the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among internally displaced people subjected to internal displacement from rural dwellings to the center of the city of Diyarbak?r. Forty-two downtown districts were surveyed between February and April 2009. The home visits included 3,032 houses; interviews were conducted with an adult family member of each house. Of the 3,032 houses, 528 (17.4%) households had been subjected to displacement. The possible PTSD rate was 21.4% among the persons who were forced to migrate or obliged to leave their habitual residences by armed forces. Although it has been a long time since the internal displacement, the traumatic effects of internal displacement seem to remain to some extent.

Keywords: Internal displacement; Post-traumatic stress disorder; Turkey

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