Jerzy Koniarek, Bohdan Dudek, Maria Szymczak
A QUESTIONNAIRE TO ASSESS THE SUNDROME OF POST-TRAUMATIC DISORDERS (K-PTSD) – THE USE OF CH. WATSON’S AND OTHERS PTSD-INTERVIEW IN GROUP RESEARCH

Summary. Stress, as it is lived through by an individual, may be chronic or acute in character. Acute stress is a specific form of traumatic stress. The latter may result in the syndrome of post-traumatic disorders (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD). Apart from the victims of violent acts and catastrophes, thousands of people employed in the people and rescue service are exposed to this kind of syndrome. The staff of those services often take part in traumatic events, owing to their professional duties. The paper has shown a tool which allows for a quick and cheap diagnosis of PTSD, as well as the intensity of symptoms. PTSD-Interview worked out by Watson and others has been used to examine firemen. 469 subjects took part in the study. Factor analysis of the tool has been carried out, its diagnostic suitability and internal coherence. The results of those analyses have confirmed good psychometric attributes of the tool. One may think that PTSD can be a useful method for screening study which allow to diagnose PTSD and estimate its symptoms in large groups of people exposed to traumatic stress. (Translated by Jan Kłos).
Autor: Ewelina Soszyńska
Ostatnia aktualizacja: 15.05.2007, godz. 18:45 - Ewelina Soszyńska