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Anger and hostility in the aftermath of a wildfire disaster in Greece

Author(s): Dimitrios Adamis | Vicky Papanikolaou

Journal: Open Journal of Psychiatry
ISSN 2161-7325

Volume: 01;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 66;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Disaster | Greece | Hostility | Anger | Trust | Wildfires

Previous studies reported that anger and hostility are often presented in the victims of a disaster. This study investigates the symptoms of anger and hostility after a wildfire disaster in a rural area of Greece. Cross sectional case control study of adult population (18-65 years old). Face to face interview. Data collected were demographic, Symptom Checklist 90-Revised for assessment of hostility, type and number of losses, trust in institutions personal and social attitudes. It was found that more of the victims of the wildfires reported symptoms of hostility compared to controls but this difference was disappeared when we adjust for other variables. Risk factors for development of hostility among the victims were mistrust in military forces and media, high levels of anxiety and distress, younger age and having higher education. It was concluded that anger and hostility after a disaster perhaps are not only related to disaster but other factors concerning demographic and personal characteristics may play an important role.
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