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Association of Combatant Status and Sexual Violence With Health and Mental Health Outcomes in Postconflict Liberia

Association of Combatant Status and Sexual Violence With Health and Mental Health Outcomes in... ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTION Association of Combatant Status and Sexual Violence With Health and Mental Health Outcomes in Postconflict Liberia Kirsten Johnson, MD, MPH Context Liberia’s wars since 1989 have cost tens of thousands of lives and left many Jana Asher, MSc people mentally and physically traumatized. Stephanie Rosborough, MD, MPH Objectives To assess the prevalence and impact of war-related psychosocial trauma, including information on participation in the Liberian civil wars, exposure to sexual Amisha Raja, MA, PsyD violence, social functioning, and mental health. Rajesh Panjabi, MD, MPH Design, Setting, and Participants A cross-sectional, population-based, multi- Charles Beadling, MD stage random cluster survey of 1666 adults aged 18 years or older using structured in- terviews and questionnaires, conducted during a 3-week period in May 2008 in Liberia. Lynn Lawry, MD, MSPH, MSc Main Outcome Measures Symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD) and post- HE CONFLICT IN LIBERIA BEGAN traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social functioning, exposure to sexual violence, and in late 1989 when then−rebel health and mental health needs among Liberian adults who witnessed or participated leader Charles Taylor launched in the conflicts during the last 2 decades. Tan incursion from neighbor- Results In the Liberian adult household–based population, 40% (95% http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Association of Combatant Status and Sexual Violence With Health and Mental Health Outcomes in Postconflict Liberia

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2008 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.300.6.676
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18698066
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Abstract

ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTION Association of Combatant Status and Sexual Violence With Health and Mental Health Outcomes in Postconflict Liberia Kirsten Johnson, MD, MPH Context Liberia’s wars since 1989 have cost tens of thousands of lives and left many Jana Asher, MSc people mentally and physically traumatized. Stephanie Rosborough, MD, MPH Objectives To assess the prevalence and impact of war-related psychosocial trauma, including information on participation in the Liberian civil wars, exposure to sexual Amisha Raja, MA, PsyD violence, social functioning, and mental health. Rajesh Panjabi, MD, MPH Design, Setting, and Participants A cross-sectional, population-based, multi- Charles Beadling, MD stage random cluster survey of 1666 adults aged 18 years or older using structured in- terviews and questionnaires, conducted during a 3-week period in May 2008 in Liberia. Lynn Lawry, MD, MSPH, MSc Main Outcome Measures Symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD) and post- HE CONFLICT IN LIBERIA BEGAN traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social functioning, exposure to sexual violence, and in late 1989 when then−rebel health and mental health needs among Liberian adults who witnessed or participated leader Charles Taylor launched in the conflicts during the last 2 decades. Tan incursion from neighbor- Results In the Liberian adult household–based population, 40% (95%

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Published: Aug 13, 2008

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