Age, Gender and Epicenter Proximity effects on Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in L'Aquila 2009 Earthquake Survivors.

Author:

C.a,n, Massimetti G.a, Stratta P.b, Riccardi I.b, Capanna C.b, Akiskal K.K.c, Akiskal H.S.c, Rossi A.b

Editor:

First

Date:

2012

Region:

Europe

Theme:

Gender and Earthquakes

Language:

English

Publisher:

Elsevier

Full Harvard Reference:

Dell’Osso L.a, Carmassi C.a,n, Massimetti G.a, Stratta P.b, Riccardi I.b, Capanna C.b, Akiskal K.K.c, Akiskal H.S.c, Rossi A.b. (2012). Age, Gender and Epicenter Proximity effects on Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in L'Aquila 2009 Earthquake Survivors. Journal of Affective DIsorders. Vol 146, I. 2. 2013. p 174-189

This study takes an intersectional approach to the L’Aquila 2009 earthquake in Italy, by exploring the interactions between gender, degree of exposure and age on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among survivors 10 months after the earthquake. The results gained from this study demonstrated high rates of PTSD among the survivors of the L’Aquila earthquake, specifically among women. Unlike previous studies, the data showed aged differences regarding PTSD only among women, with younger groups being the most affected. There were no recorded differences among male age groups on post-traumatic stress symptoms.