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Keywords:

  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
  • intifada;
  • injury;
  • adjustment;
  • social support

Abstract

The current study aimed to assess the prevalence of PTSD among Palestinians who sustained serious bodily injuries during the intifada, as well as to delineate factors having an effect on the development and attenuation of PTSD symptomatology. Results indicated evidence of high prevalence of PTSD among the injured. No significant differences in PTSD prevalence for demographic, situational, and trauma-related variables were found except for the age factor. Prevalence of PTSD among adolescents was significantly higher than among adults. It seemed that the injury itself was so intensely overwhelming that the other variables were overshadowed. Implications for further research and stress management techniques were discussed.