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Which coping strategies are effective in prevention of PTSD

Which coping strategies are effective in prevention of PTSD

The paper analyzes the type of coping strategies used by war veterans and the existence of PTSD. Two groups (40 ss. each) of war veterans with similar combat and traumatic experience were compared. The first group was made up of patients with the diagnosis of PTSD, and the second one comprised veterans without symptoms of PTSD.

Coping strategies were assessed using the Modified Questionnaire of Coping Responses (118 items, representing different coping strategies).
The results show that only 10 items of the Questionnaire (examples of coping strategies) show statistically significant differences between the group with PTSD and the one without it. PTSD patients used more maladaptive strategies (avoidance, pseudo-planning, fantasizing, impulsive and depressive behavior), while subjects from the control group significantly more used the strategy of controlling impulses. The suggestion for the prevention of PTSD is driven out from the results.
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