The aetiology of post-traumatic morbidity: predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating factors.


A group of 469 firefighters were studied 4, 11 and 29 months after having an extreme exposure to a bushfire disaster. The relative importance of the impact of the disaster, personality and ways of coping were investigated as determinants of post-traumatic morbidity. Neuroticism and a past history of treatment for a psychological disorder were better predictors of post-traumatic morbidity than the degree of exposure to the disaster or the losses sustained. These results raise doubts about the postulated central aetiological role a traumatic event plays in the onset of morbidity.

McFarlane AC1 | 1989
In: Br J Psychiatry, ISSN 0007-1250 | 154 | Feb | 221-228
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