Contemporary Psychology, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2008, 273-285

Preliminary Communication

The EPI Profile of Veterans with Chronic PTSD

Sanja Mršić Husar - Institute of Public Health of Sisak-Moslavina County, Sisak
Anamarija Bogović - Psychiatric hospital “Sveti Ivan”, Zagreb

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The aim of this research was to establish both the characteristic profile in EPI - questionnaire in chronic PTSD caused by war trauma and differences in questionnaire dimensions in veterans with different levels of PTSD. The following instruments were used – EPI and M-PTSD on 132 war veterans diagnosed with PTSD and treated in the Psychiatric Hospital “Sveti Ivan”, Zagreb, Croatia from 2000 until 2005. By using the EPI questionnaire we obtained profiles with extreme results (both high and low) in most of the dimensions. High results are shown in destruction, rejection and reintegration and low results in incorporation, reproduction, exploration and bias. Only in dimensions of orientation and protection the results were almost average although still in the low category. Considering the differences in veterans with various levels of PTSD, they are found in several dimensions like incorporation, rejection, destruction, reproduction and bias. According to our observation, veterans with higher levels of PTSD choose socially unacceptable answers and they describe themselves as untrustworthy, aggressive and less sociable.

Emotions Profile Index (EPI) profile, PTSD, war veterans

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