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Vitenskapelig artikkel

Disability associated with exposure to traumatic events: results from a cross-sectional community survey in South Sudan

  • Touraj Ayazi
  • Lars Lien
  • Arne Eide
  • Rachel Jenkins
  • Rita A. Albino og
  • Edvard Hauff


BMC Public Health
ISSN 1471-2458
e-ISSN 1471-2458
NVI-nivå 1

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Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2013
Volum: 13
Artikkelnummer: 469
Open Access


Scopus-ID: 2-s2.0-84877634407
Isi-ID: 000319216800001

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Disability associated with exposure to traumatic events: results from a cross-sectional community survey in South Sudan


There is a general lack of knowledge regarding disability and especially factors that are associated with disability in low-income countries. We aimed to study the overall and gender-specific prevalence of disability, and the association between exposure to traumatic events and disability in a post-conflict setting. We conducted a cross-sectional community based study of four Greater Bahr el Ghazal States, South Sudan (n = 1200). The Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ) was applied to investigate exposure to trauma events. Disability was measured using the Washington Group Short Measurement Set on Disability, which is an activity-based scale derived from the WHO’s International Classification of Disability, Functioning and Health. The estimated prevalence of disability (with severe difficulty) was 3.6% and 13.4% for disability with moderate difficulties. No gender differences were found in disability prevalence. Almost all participants reported exposure to at least one war-related traumatic event. The result of a hierarchical regression analysis showed that, for both men and women, exposure to traumatic events, older age and living in a polygamous marriage increased the likelihood of having a disability. The finding of association between traumatic experience and disability underlines the precariousness of the human rights situation for individuals with disability in low-income countries. It also has possible implications for the construction of disability services and for the provision of health services to individuals exposed to traumatic events.


Touraj Ayazi

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Enhet voksenpsykiatri ved Universitetet i Oslo
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Lars Lien

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Div Psykisk helsevern ved Sykehuset Innlandet HF
  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Institutt for folkehelse- og idrettsvitenskap ved Høgskolen i Innlandet

Arne Henning Eide

Bidragsyterens navn vises på dette resultatet som Arne Eide
  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Helse ved SINTEF AS

Rachel Jenkins

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved King's College London

Rita A. Albino

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Ahfad University for Women
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