Journal article

Psychological outcomes following the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires

Richard A Bryant, Elizabeth Waters, Lisa Gibbs, H Colin Gallagher, Philippa Pattison, Dean Lusher, Colin MacDougalls, Louise Harms, Karen Block, Elyse Snowdon, Vikki Sinnotts, Greg Ireton, John Richardsons, David Forbes

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: We aimed to map the prevalence and predictors of psychological outcomes in affected communities 3-4 years after the Black Saturday bushfires in the state of Victoria, Australia. METHODS: Baseline assessment of a longitudinal cohort study in high-, medium-, and low-affected communities in Victoria. Participants included 1017 residents of high-, medium-, and low-affected fire communities. Participants were surveyed by means of a telephone and web-based interview between December 2011 and January 2013. The survey included measures of fire-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and general PTSD from other traumatic events, major depressive episode, alcohol use, and general psyc..

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