Ongoing exposure versus intense periodic exposure to military conflict and terror attacks in Israel

Mooli Lahad, Dmitry Leykin

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Abstract

The manifestation of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in two clinical samples in Israel (N = 212) was examined. Individuals suffering ongoing exposure to shelling were compared with subjects exposed to intense periodic exposure. Elevated arousal and avoidance symptoms, but not intrusion were reported in the ongoing exposure group. When compared by age, young participants in the ongoing exposure group had significantly lower PTSD scores, whereas no differences were found between participants among the intense periodic exposure age groups. No gender differences in symptoms were found among participants from intense periodic exposure, whereas in the other ongoing group the difference was in avoidance. Results are discussed in light of past research on exposure to terrorism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)691-698
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Volume23
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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