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A study of aggression amongmass-evacuated Kosovo Albanians
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute.
2009 (English)In: Torture, ISSN 1018-8185, Vol. 19, no 2, 227-237 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aggression among a sample of traumatized, massevacuatedadults from Kosovo was studied, usinga prospective design with a baseline study, followupsat three months and six months in Sweden,and an additional follow-up after one and a halfyears in both Sweden and Kosovo. Aggressionwas measured with the Revised Swedish Versionof Aggression questionnaire (AQ-RSV). Traumaticevents and PTSD-related symptoms weremeasured by the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire(HTQ), and depression with HSCL-25. At theadditional follow-up after one and a half years, thesame measures were used, as well as clinical diagnosticinterviews with the SCID. Verbal aggressioncorrelated positively with age and educationallevel. No gender differences were found. Thetrauma level was high – the mean experiencednumber of the 16 trauma events derived from theHTQ was 9.65 (SD 3.55) – and significant correlationswere found between trauma and aggressionat the first follow-up after three months – torture,for instance, correlated with total aggressionscores (p<0.003) – but not in later follow-ups.Aggression increased over time and was linkedwith both mean scores of PTSD and depressivesymptoms, as well as with the diagnoses PTSD(p<0.0001) and depression (p<0.0001), especiallyif both diagnoses were present. Implications arediscussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Köpenhamn: IRCT , 2009. Vol. 19, no 2, 227-237 p.
Keyword [en]
aggression, PTSD, depression, trauma, Kosovars
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-33005Local ID: P2767OAI: diva2:282161
Available from: 2009-12-18 Created: 2009-12-18 Last updated: 2009-12-18Bibliographically approved

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