Traumatic Events and Predictive Factors for Posttraumatic Symptoms in Displaced Bosnian Women in a War Zone


Dahl, Solveig, Atifa Mutapcic, and Berit Schei. 1998. "Traumatic Events and Predictive Factors for Posttraumatic Symptoms in Displaced Bosnian Women in a War Zone." Journal of Traumatic Stress 11 (1): 137-45.

Authors: Solveig Dahl,, Atifa Mutapcic, Berit Schei


A study was conducted among 209 displaced women attending a Women's Center in a war zone in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1994. Information on war-related traumatic events, sociodemographic factors and posttraumatic symptomatology was collected by means of a questionnaire. Post-traumatic symptoms were registered by using a 10-item Posttraumatic Symptom Scale (PTSS-10). Women with six or more symptoms were classified as a “posttraumatic symptom case” (PTS-case). Among women who had survived the most severe traumas (concentration camps or other kinds of detention) the proportion of PTS-cases was highest: 71% compared to 47% of the women without this kind of traumatic background. High numbers of traumas, having children, being over 25 years of age, and the reporting of an absent husband, were characteristics associated with being a PTS-case. In the multivariate analysis, severe trauma and reporting of an absent husband remained significantly associated with PTS-cases. Clinical implications were discussed.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Displacement & Migration, Gender, Women, Health, Mental Health, Trauma Regions: Europe, Balkans Countries: Bosnia & Herzegovina

Year: 1998

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