Previous studies have suggested that the incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder in earthquake rescue workers is relatively high.
A recent study published in the Neural Regeneration Research (Vol. 8, No. 20, 2013) examined the current status of a unit of 1 040 rescue workers who participated in earthquake relief for the Wenchuan earthquake that occurred on May 12th, 2008. According the the study, post-traumatic stress disorder was diagnosed primarily using the Clinician-Administered Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Scale during structured interviews.
Univariate and multivariate sta-tistical analyses were used to examine major risk factors that contributed to the incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder. Findings showed that the occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder was the result of the interaction of multiple factors, including near-death experience, severe injury or mental trauma, working in the epicenter of the rescue, neurotic personality, negative coping and low social support.
Huang JH, Liu QY, Li JL Li XJ, You J, Zhang L, Tian CF, Luan RS. Volume 8, Issue 20, July 2013Neural Regen Res. 2013;8(20):1898-1906.doi:10.3969/j.issn.1673-5374.2013.20.009