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Psychological effects of torture: a comparison of tortured with nontortured political activists in Turkey

Psychological effects of torture: a comparison of tortured with nontortured political activists in Turkey – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8267139

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are the psychological effects of torture?
  • Do people recover from being tortured?

Description:

This 1994 article from the American Journal of Psychiatry was indexed by Medline, a service of the National Library of Medicine. Only the abstract is available online, but you ought to be get the full article through interlibrary loan. The “results” section of the article looks intriguing for writers wondering about the lingering effects of torture:

RESULTS:
The torture survivors reported an average of 291 exposures to a mean of 23 forms of torture. The mean length of their imprisonment was 47 months. The survivors of torture had significantly more symptoms of PTSD and anxiety/depression than the nontortured comparison subjects, although their PTSD symptoms were only moderately severe and their general mood was normal. Despite the severity of their torture experiences, the survivors had only a moderate level of psychopathology.

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