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Traumatic impact of a fire disaster on survivors: A 25-year follow-up of the 1978 hotel fire in Borås, Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Ulleråker, University Hospital.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Ulleråker, University Hospital.
2007 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN 0803-9488, E-ISSN 1502-4725, Vol. 61, no 6, 479-485 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The objective of this study was to investigate the long-term psychological and mental health outcomes among survivors of a disastrous hotel fire. A 25-year follow-up investigation among adolescent and young adult survivors of a fire disaster was conducted in Boras, Sweden. A self-evaluation questionnaire and four self-rating scales - the IES-22, PTSS-10, GHQ-28 and SoC - were sent by mail to the participants. The results from the self-reported data showed low levels of psychiatric illness. Moreover, the respondents reported a low level of traumatic stress symptoms. More than 50% of the participants stated that the fire had a determining effect on their lives. Sixteen (21.3%) respondents indicated that the fire still had an impact on their daily lives. Differences between men and women were reported in most of the self-rating scales. The results indicate that a traumatizing experience (such as a fire disaster) still had a small effect on psychological health in a long-term perspective.

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2007. Vol. 61, no 6, 479-485 p.
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bereavement, fire disaster, follow-up study, post-traumatic stress disorder
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-14522DOI: 10.1080/08039480701773329ISI: 000252768000012PubMedID: 18236316OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-14522DiVA: diva2:42293
Available from: 2008-01-30 Created: 2008-01-30 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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