Covering the tsunami disaster: subsequent post-traumatic and depressive symptoms and associated social factors
Article first published online: 25 OCT 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Stress and Health
Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 129–135, April 2008
How to Cite
Weidmann, A., Fehm, L. and Fydrich, T. (2008), Covering the tsunami disaster: subsequent post-traumatic and depressive symptoms and associated social factors. Stress and Health, 24: 129–135. doi: 10.1002/smi.1168
- Issue published online: 8 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 25 OCT 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 SEP 2007
- Manuscript Received: 17 JAN 2007
- secondary traumatization;
- social support
Journalists frequently report on disasters. There is a growing evidence that they are subsequently at higher risk of post-traumatic and depressive symptoms. We conducted an internet-based study with 61 journalists who had covered the tsunami disaster in December 2004 from the affected region. The extent of trauma exposure, symptoms and social variables were assessed. About 8 months after the event, indications of post-traumatic stress disorder were found in 6.6 per cent of the sample. Post-traumatic and depressive symptoms were related to the extent of traumatic exposure and to several social variables, most importantly, a low degree of social acknowledgment by supervisor and colleagues. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.