Traumatic events and predictive factors for posttraumatic symptoms in displaced Bosnian women in a war zone

J Trauma Stress. 1998 Jan;11(1):137-45. doi: 10.1023/A:1024417401973.


A study was conducted among 209 displaced women attending a Women's Center in a war zone in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1994. Information on war-related traumatic events, sociodemographic factors and posttraumatic symptomatology was collected by means of a questionnaire. Post-traumatic symptoms were registered by using a 10-item Posttraumatic Symptom Scale (PTSS-10). Women with six or more symptoms were classified as a "posttraumatic symptom case" (PTS-case). Among women who had survived the most severe traumas (concentration camps or other kinds of detention) the proportion of PTS-cases was highest: 71% compared to 47% of the women without this kind of traumatic background. High numbers of traumas, having children, being over 25 years of age, and the reporting of an absent husband, were characteristics associated with being a PTS-case. In the multivariate analysis, severe trauma and reporting of an absent husband remained significantly associated with PTS-cases. Clinical implications were discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina / epidemiology
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Logistic Models
  • Marriage
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Odds Ratio
  • Population Surveillance
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Rape / psychology
  • Risk Factors
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / epidemiology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Violence / classification*
  • Violence / psychology
  • Warfare*