Journal of Traumatic Stress

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 403-417

First online:

Post-traumatic morbidity in a civilian community of litigants: A follow-up at 3 years

  • Richard B. ScottAffiliated withRussell-Cairns Unit, Department of Neurosurgery, Radcliffe Infirmary
  • , Neil BrooksAffiliated withCase Management Services
  • , William McKinlayAffiliated withCase Management Services

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This paper examines post-traumatic morbidity in a community sample who had claimed compensation and been assessed 10–14 months after the Lockerbie Disaster. At 36 months 25 residents were reassessed by clinical interview and 35 by questionnaire. A chronic pattern of morbidity was found in 56% of this sample with the most frequent diagnoses being post traumatic stress disorder and depression, followed by other anxiety disorders. Only six cases were found to have “recovered” and there was only one case of delayed onset morbidity between 12 and 36 months. No unequivocal predictors of the presence of diagnosis or questionnaire scores were found.

Key words

PTSD longitudinal morbidity traumatic stress