Social support and posttraumatic stress disorder among flood victims in Hunan, China

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dc.contributor.author Shuidong, F.
dc.contributor.author Hongzhuan, T.
dc.contributor.author Abuaku, B.K.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-03T17:54:23Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-16T13:08:40Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-03T17:54:23Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-16T13:08:40Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.uri http://197.255.68.203/handle/123456789/1048
dc.description.abstract Purpose: To explore the relationship between social support and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among flood victims. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was carried out in 2000 among individuals who had suffered floods in 1998 in Hunan, China. Multistage sampling was used to select the subjects from the flood-affected areas. PTSD was diagnosed according to DSM-IV criteria, and social support was measured according to a social support rating scale. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews using a structured questionnaire. Multiple logistic regression analysis and confirmatory factor analysis was used to examine the relationship between social support and PTSD. Results: Out of a total of 25,4 78 subjects interviewed, 2336 (9.7%) were diagnosed as having PTSD. PTSD was significantly associated with total social support (odds ratio [OR] 0.80, 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.78-0.82), subjective support (OR 0.48, 95%CI, 0.44-0.52), and support utilization (OR 0.53, 95%CI,0.49-O.57). Conclusion: PTSD in flood victims is significantly associated with social support; subjective support and support utilization may play more important roles in mitigating the impact of flood than objective support. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Annals of Epidemiology 17(10): 827-833 en_US
dc.subject Floods en_US
dc.subject Posttraumatic Stress Disorder en_US
dc.subject Social Support en_US
dc.subject Epidemiology en_US
dc.title Social support and posttraumatic stress disorder among flood victims in Hunan, China en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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