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Exposure to traumatic incidents and prevalence of posttraumatic stress symptomatology in urban firefighters in two countries.
Corneil W; Beaton R; Johnson C
J Occup Health Psychol 1999 Apr; 4(2):131-141
Urban firefighters are at risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due in part to their exposure to duty-related trauma. This study compared duty-related trauma exposures and the prevalences of posttraumatic stress in U.S. and Canadian firefighters. Both samples reported relatively numerous and frequent posttrauma symptoms, and the rates of self-reported PTSD prevalence did not differ significantly. However, analysis of departmental records for respondents' previous year on duty revealed significant differences in both frequencies and categories of traumatic incident exposures. Some of the vulnerability and moderating risk factors associated with PTSD caseness differed between the U.S. and Canadian samples. Potential explanations for the observed differences in risk factors for PTSD in these 2 firefighter samples are considered.
Risk factors; Stress; Fire fighters; Fire fighting; Fire hazards; Hazardous materials; Occupational hazards; Sampling; Injuries; Occupational exposure; Paramedical services; Emergency responders; Emergency response; Traumatic injuries; Stress; Humans
Wayne Corneil, Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, 451 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1H 8M5
Issue of Publication
Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
University of Washington, School of Nursing, Seattle, Washington
Page last reviewed: April 9, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division