Traumatic impact of a fire disaster on survivors: A 25-year follow-up of the 1978 hotel fire in Borås, Sweden
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
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 61, no 6, 479-485 p.
bereavement, fire disaster, follow-up study, post-traumatic stress disorder
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-14522DOI: 10.1080/08039480701773329ISI: 000252768000012PubMedID: 18236316OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-14522DiVA: diva2:42293