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J Nerv Ment Dis. 2007 Nov;195(11):955-8.

The validity of screening instruments for posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and other anxiety symptoms in Tajikistan.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Psychiatry-HS, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

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  • J Nerv Ment Dis. 2008 Mar;196(3):264.

Abstract

Armed conflicts and violations of human rights have a large and long-lasting impact on the mental health of affected individuals. In Tajikistan's civil war, 1992-1997, out of a total population of 6.5 million, about 60,000 were killed and 700,000 became refugees. Little has been done to explore the mental health consequences of this war. The purpose of the present pilot study was to validate 1 screening instrument for PTSD and 1 for depression and anxiety symptoms in a Tajik outpatient population. The sample for the study totaled 75. The appropriate cutoff values were determined empirically. The validity of the instruments was high. In conclusion, the use of validated screening instruments was a feasible way to explore the prevalence of PTSD, depression, and other anxiety symptoms in a Tajikistan context.

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