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World Psychiatry. 2006 Feb;5(1):25-30.

Mental health consequences of war: a brief review of research findings.

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Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, World Health Organization, Post Box 7608, Abdul Razak Al Sanhouri Street, Naser City, Cairo 11371, Egypt.


Among the consequences of war, the impact on the mental health of the civilian population is one of the most significant. Studies of the general population show a definite increase in the incidence and prevalence of mental disorders. Women are more affected than men. Other vulnerable groups are children, the elderly and the disabled. Prevalence rates are associated with the degree of trauma, and the availability of physical and emotional support. The use of cultural and religious coping strategies is frequent in developing countries.


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