Characteristic Expressions of Combat-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among Israeli Soldiers in the 1982 Lebanon War

Department of Mental Health, Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps.
Behavioral Medicine (Impact Factor: 1). 02/1988; 14(4):171-8. DOI: 10.1080/08964289.1988.9935142
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This study assessed the clinical picture of two groups of Israeli soldiers: front-line soldiers who had been treated for combat stress reaction during the 1982 Lebanon War (n = 382); and matched control front-line soldiers who did not sustain combat stress reaction (n = 334). Subjects were screened one year after the war for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychiatric symptomatology using the symptom checklist-90 (SCL-90). Results indicated that anxiety, depression, hostility, and obsessive-compulsive problems were the most salient features of PTSD among combat stress reaction casualties. The contribution of DSM-III criteria as well as their limitations in the diagnosis of PTSD are discussed.

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