Acute Stress Disorder Symptoms, Anxiety and Extent of Information among Patients Suffering from Dengue

Author: Andleeb Zahra

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar

Degree: M.Phil

Year: 2009-2011

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Abstract

The aim of current research was to examine acute stress disorder symptoms, level of anxiety and extent of information among the patients with dengue fever. It was hypothesized that, (a) acute stress disorder symptoms are likely to be higher in the patients suffering from dengue fever, (b) anxiety is likely to be higher in the patients suffering from dengue fever, and (c) patients suffering from dengue fever are likely to have low extent of information about dengue fever. The sample consisted of 100 dengue fever patients. The sample was selected from Mayo Hospital Lahore and public community through purposive sampling strategy. The age range of patients was 18 years to 60 years (M = 32.12, SD = 10.28). Acute Stress Disorder Scale (ASDS) and Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) were used to assess acute stress disorder symptoms and the level of anxiety among patients suffering from dengue fever. A self constructed disease related questionnaire was used asses patient’s extent of information. Within subject research design was used. The data was analyzed using frequency analysis. The results indicated that a significant number of patients were stressed and anxious because of dengue fever. Moreover, the extent of information of the patients was also low. The findings of the present research revealed that dengue fever had strong psychological impact on the patients suffering from this disease.

Keywords: acute stress disorder, anxiety, patients suffering from dengue, extent of information, psychological impact.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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