Victimization and PTSD in a Faroese youth total-population sample
Article first published online: 15 APR 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 The Scandinavian Psychological Associations
Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
Volume 51, Issue 1, pages 56–62, February 2010
How to Cite
PETERSEN, T., ELKLIT, A. and OLESEN, J. G. (2010), Victimization and PTSD in a Faroese youth total-population sample. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 51: 56–62. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2009.00728.x
- Issue published online: 13 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 15 APR 2009
- Received 3 February 2009, accepted 10 February 2009
- posttraumatic stress disorder;
- traumatic events;
- negative life events;
- total population sample
Petersen, T., Elklit, A. & Olesen, J. G. (2010). Victimization and PTSD in a Faroese youth total-population sample. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 51, 56–62.
The prevalence of twenty traumatic events and negative life events in relation to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was studied in a Faroese total-population sample of 687 eighth-grade students with a mean age of 14.2 years. Ninety-four percent of the females and 89% of the males were directly exposed to or had witnessed at least one traumatic event or a negative life event. The odds ratios for PTSD after direct and indirect exposure to specific events are described. The lifetime prevalence of PTSD was 20%, whereas another 14% reached a subclinical level of PTSD. After exposure, females had PTSD more than twice as often as males. Being exposed to multiple traumatic events, living with a single parent, and having experienced a traumatic event or a negative life event within the last year were all associated with PTSD and its subscales.