Psychological Consequences for the Families of Deceased of Dengue Fever

Author: Sara Komal

Supervisor: Ms. Afifa Anjum

Degree: MPhil

Year: (2010-2012)

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


The objective of the study was to explore difference in level of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), family functioning and use of coping strategies with reference to demographic variables in family members of deceased of Dengue Fever. Relationship of coping strategies with level of PTSD and family functioning was also assessed. The sample (N = 25) consisted of family members and sample was taken from different areas of Lahore. Brief cope scale (Carver, 1997) was used to assess coping strategies. Family assessment device (Epstein, Bishop & Ryan, 1993) was used to assess family functioning and PTSD symptom scale-Interview (Foa, 1993) was used to assess level of PTSD. There were no differences of gender, age, marital status and family system with level of PTSD. No differences of demographic were found in coping and family functioning. Relationship between coping strategies and level of PTSD and family functioning showed that there was a significant correlation between substance use, behavioral disengagement and level of PTSD, while there was a significant correlation between substance use, denial and family functioning.

Keywords: post traumatic stress disorder, family functioning, family members of deceased, dengue fever.

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