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Document ID (ISN)104364
CIS number 05-746
ISSN - Serial title 0267-8373 - Work and Stress
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Haslam C., Mallon K.
Title A preliminary investigation of post-traumatic stress symptoms among firefighters
Bibliographic information July-Sep. 2003, Vol.17, No.3, p.277-285. 25 ref.
Abstract This preliminary study investigated symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTDS) among firefighters in relation to their experience of traumatic events and the availability of social support. Thirty-one UK fire service workers completed an adapted version of the Post-traumatic Diagnostic Scale (PDS) questionnaire. They were also individually interviewed. Rumination and sleep disturbance were the most commonly reported PTDS symptoms. Participants reported having benefited from high levels of social support from within the service and outside. The results suggest that fire service personnel are at risk of developing some symptoms of PTDS; however most had not experienced severe enough symptoms for PTDS to be diagnosed. High levels of social support may play a role in buffering firefighters from the development of PTDS.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; stress factors; traumatic neurosis
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; United Kingdom; symptoms; social aspects; mental health; diagnosis; questionnaire survey; sleep disturbances
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Mental stress and burnout