Journal of Traumatic Stress

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 329–335 | Cite as

Stress Reactions in Disaster Victims Following the Bijlmermeer Plane Crash

  • Ingrid V. E. Carlier
  • Berthold P. R. Gersons


This article examined posttraumatic stress symptoms in a sample of disaster victims following the Bijlmermeer plane crash of October, 1992, in the Netherlands. Findings indicated that six months after the disaster 26% of the respondents were suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The victims' PTSD was strongly associated with material damage and loss. The discussion of the results focuses on the distinction between normal and pathological stress reactions and the implications for disaster after-care.

PTSD disaster victims aftermath of Bijlmermeer plane crash trauma 


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© International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingrid V. E. Carlier
    • 1
  • Berthold P. R. Gersons
    • 1
  1. 1.Academic Medical CenterUniversity of Amsterdam, Department of PsychiatryAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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