Prevalence and correlates of explosive anger among pregnant and post-partum women in post-conflict Timor-Leste

Derrick Silove, Susan Rees, Natalino Tam, Mohammed Mohsin, Alvin Kuowei Tay, Wietse Tol

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Abstract

Background Little is known about explosive anger as a response pattern among pregnant and post-partum women in conflict-affected societies. Aims To investigate the prevalence and correlates of explosive anger among this population in Timor-Leste. Method We assessed traumatic events, intimate partner violence, an index of adversity, explosive anger, psychological distress and post-traumatic stress disorder among 427 women (257 in the second trimester of pregnancy, 170 who were 3-6 months postpartum) residing in two districts of Timor-Leste (response >99%). Results Two-fifths (43.6%) had explosive anger. Levels of functional impairment were related to frequency of explosive anger episodes. Explosive anger was associated with age (>35 years), being married, low levels of education, being employed, traumatic event count, ongoing adversity and intimate partner violence. Conclusions A combination of social programmes and novel psychological therapies may assist in reducing severe anger among pregnant and post-partum women in conflict-affected countries such as Timor-Leste.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-41
Number of pages8
JournalBJPsych Open
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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