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Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 1403–1415 | Cite as

Religious Moral Beliefs Inversely Related to Trauma Experiences Severity and Presented Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Bosnia and Herzegovina War Veterans

  • Mevludin HasanovićEmail author
  • Izet Pajević
Original Paper

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the correlation of the level of religious moral beliefs (RMB) with trauma experiences and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) severity in war veterans of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The sample consists of 120 Bosnian war veterans divided into two equal groups—one with and one without PTSD. We used the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire and the RMB belief scale. We then correlated the severity of trauma experiences and PTSD symptoms with veterans’ scores on the RMB scale. The score on the RMB scale was negatively correlated to severity of trauma experiences and PTSD symptoms (Pearson’s r = −0.509, P = 0.004; Pearson’s r = −0.325, P < 0.001, respectively). The RMB may have protective role in the mental health stability of severely traumatized war veterans.

Keywords

Religious moral belief War veterans PTSD Mental health stability Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study is supported by the Tuzla Canton Ministry for Culture, Sport and Education, University Clinical Center Tuzla, to whom we would like to express our gratefulness. Also, we would like to thank the war veterans and their officers (who were not clinically treated) that accepted to participate in this study. Thanks to Muhammed Hasanović for his valuable contributions in this manuscript. Particular thanks to Zoe Oakley for English language-editing.

Conflict of interest

We have no potential conflict of interest pertaining to this submission to the Journal of Religion and Health.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity Clinical Center TuzlaTuzlaBosnia and Herzegovina
  2. 2.School of Medicine of University of TuzlaTuzlaBosnia and Herzegovina
  3. 3.School of Islamic PedagogyUniversity of ZenicaZenicaBosnia and Herzegovina

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