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Israeli civilians under heavy bombardment: prediction of the severity of post-traumatic symptoms.

Somer E, Zrihan-Weitzman A, Fusé T, Parker H, Dickstein B, Maguen S, Litz BT. Israeli civilians under heavy bombardment: prediction of the severity of post-traumatic symptoms. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 2009 Sep 1; 24(5):389-94.

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Abstract:

The terror of bombardment is a risk factor for PTSD among civilians. Although there is considerable resilience in chronically threatened communities, it is prudent to develop and implement public health approaches to prevent those most distressed during and after attacks from developing PTSD. Because, to a small degree, prior trauma exposure buffers the response to bombardment, interventions should consider leveraging citizens' past successful coping.





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