P-304 War Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder And Family

Zalihic A. (Mostar), Pivic G. (Mostar), Cerni-Obrdalj E. (Mostar), Batic-Mujanovic O. (Tuzla)
PTSD is a very often problem in Primary Health Care in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH) in the postwar period which is getting even worse because of the bad social-economic situation, unemployment and general dissatisfaction of the greater part of the population.
Aim: The purpose of this study was to research the frequencies of depression and anxiety in family whose head of family has had PTSD.
Methods: We interviewed 60 people with PTSD and their family members and the same number their “healthy” copies. The study was made from September 2005 till July 2006, with patients who are living in Mostar, BH. In this study, we have used: one questionnaire was specially designed for this study, HSQ-25 and QGH for children from 5 to 18 years of age.
Results: The largest number of the tested families (43.3%) has less than 500 KM of monthly income. Greater number respondents were unemployed than controls (?2 = 45,753; df = 4; p Conclusion: more than 55% women in the tested group were positive on depression; older children have had fewer problems of behaviour then younger children. The explanation would be in duration of staying with diseased. The importance of study is on earlier detection of depression in family members whose one member has PTSD.
Key words: family, PTSD, war, family health, parent-child relations.
War post-traumatic stress disorder and family