Navigation Links
Months After Shootings, Many Virginia Tech Students Suffered PTSD
Date:8/5/2011

FRIDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Post-traumatic stress disorder was reported by 15.4 percent of Virginia Tech students several months after the shooting rampage at the school in April 2007, a new study indicates.

During the attack by a lone gunman, 49 students and faculty members were shot and 32 of them died.

Factors most strongly associated related to post-traumatic stress among the students were the death or injury of someone close to them and the inability to confirm the safety of friends for up to two hours after the shootings, the survey revealed.

"The stressors most responsible for post-traumatic stress among Virginia Tech students had to do with social relationships -- deaths and injuries involving friends and anxiety about the safety of friends," co-principal investigator Virginia Tech sociology professor Michael Hughes said in a university news release.

His team's survey of more than 4,600 students who completed a Web-based survey during the summer and fall after the shootings also found that post-traumatic stress was higher among women (about 23 percent) than men (about 10 percent), the Virginia Tech researchers said.

The higher levels of post-traumatic stress in women was due largely to greater losses to women of people they knew but were not very close to, co-principal investigator Russell T. Jones, a professor of psychology, said in the news release.

"These losses were in the form of deaths, injuries and close calls of individuals who were not considered close friends or relatives," Jones explained. Women might also have been more affected by "perceived danger or harm in the absence of information or extended periods of worry," he said.

On Thursday, Virginia Tech was forced into an hours-long "lockdown" due to reports of a man with a gun on campus. The lockdown was lifted after no such man was found.

The study was published recently in the Journal of Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about post-traumatic stress disorder.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Virginia Tech, news release, Aug. 3, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Breast-feeding for 6 Months or More Protects Against Asthma
2. Infants learn to transfer knowledge by 16 months, study finds
3. Therapy Can Help Stroke Patients Walk, Even After 6 Months
4. Spending Months in Space May Cause Long-Term Bone Loss
5. Almost Half of Elderly Report Pain in Lifes Final Months
6. Most Babies Start Sleeping Through Night at 2 to 4 Months
7. Marathons damage the hearts of less fit runners for up to 3 months
8. Children as young as 12 months can reach a countertop
9. Infants May Display Subtle Autism Signs at 6 Months: Study
10. 1 in 4 stroke patients stop taking prevention medication within 3 months
11. SDI Reports: Roughly Half of Patients Prescribed the Most Popular Osteoporosis Drugs Discontinue Therapy Within 6 Months -- Amgen's Prolia Offers New Dosing Option
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Months After Shootings, Many Virginia Tech Students Suffered PTSD
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Current Meditation , a new meditation ... the U.S. starting this spring. Current Meditation focuses on “meditation for the modern ... Meditation will be the first meditation concept in the U.S. offering franchising opportunities, ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... The Center for Autism ... Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) and Cinemaworld to present Sensory Friendly ... (ASD) to see films in an environment that accommodates their unique needs. , ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... CALNOC, the nation’s first and only nursing quality ... conference – Empowerment, Value and Collaboration – in Seattle, WA on October 23, 2017. ... Mason Health System in Seattle since 2000. In addition to his role at Virginia ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 23, 2017 , ... Curemark, LLC ... safety and efficacy of CM-AT in children aged 3-8 with Autism, is now enrolling ... sites already enrolling children across the United States. , “There are currently no ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... Thomas Vas-Don ... disciplined exercise regime, the author was able to successfully recover. In “ Origin & ... information for various sources on the principals of massage, anatomy , trigger ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... PUNE, India , February 23, 2017 ... "Diagnostic Imaging Market by Product (X-ray Imaging Digital, Analog), ... PET)), Application (OB/GYN, MSK, Cardiology, Oncology), End User (Hospitals, ... MarketsandMarkets, the report studies the global market over the ... expected to reach ~USD 36.43 Billion by 2021, at ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... Persistence Market Research has ... for intraoperative imaging, excerpts from which predict the ... million. According to the report, the demand for ... of increasing adoption of minimally-invasive surgeries and remarkable ... for neurosurgeries. The world,s leading medical research institutes ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... , Feb 23, 2017 Research and ... Devices Market Analysis & Trends - Industry Forecast to 2025" ... ... grow at a CAGR of around 9.2% over the next decade ... report analyzes the market estimates and forecasts for all the given ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: