Post Traumatic Stress Among University Students

Elham Kh. Abdullah, Radhwan H. Ibrahim, Mahfouth S. Sedan


Objective: This study examined university students’ symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder during war, and violence activities in Iraq.

Patients and Methods: one hundred and fifty students filled in questionnaires and were assessed by the use of Post-traumatic Stress Reaction Index.

Results: We found high rates of post-traumatic stress reactions. The assessment of the students revealed that the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder tended to persist. Post-traumatic stress disorder scores were significantly correlated with the scores of depression and anxiety in both assessments (p ≤ 0.05).

Conclusion: These results indicate that post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms can be seen after a stressful event that was perceived as life-threatening by at least some of the students, even though the children did not experience major losses, injury, or ongoing disruption in the community.


PTSD, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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