Television watching and the risk of incident probable posttraumatic stress disorder

A prospective evaluation

Kyle T. Bernstein, Jennifer Ahern, Melissa Tracy, Joseph A. Boscarino, David Vlahov, Sandro Galea

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Abstract

The relation between viewing television coverage of a mass disaster and the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is poorly understood. A cohort of New Yorkers without baseline probable PTSD (N = 1787) was assessed 1 year following the September 11, 2001, attacks. The primary outcome was new-onset probable PTSD assessed through a validated scale, and the primary exposure was number of hours of September 11 anniversary news coverage viewed. A total of 99 (5.6%) of participants had developed probable PTSD at the 1-year follow-up. Watching 12 or more hours of September 11 attack anniversary news coverage was associated with a 3.4-fold increased risk of new-onset probable PTSD (p = 0.004). Exposure to television coverage of the September 11 anniversary was associated with new-onset probable PTSD among a cohort of New Yorkers with no probable PTSD at baseline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Volume195
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Disaster
  • Media
  • PTSD
  • Television

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Television watching and the risk of incident probable posttraumatic stress disorder : A prospective evaluation. / Bernstein, Kyle T.; Ahern, Jennifer; Tracy, Melissa; Boscarino, Joseph A.; Vlahov, David; Galea, Sandro.

In: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol. 195, No. 1, 01.2007, p. 41-47.

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Bernstein, Kyle T. ; Ahern, Jennifer ; Tracy, Melissa ; Boscarino, Joseph A. ; Vlahov, David ; Galea, Sandro. / Television watching and the risk of incident probable posttraumatic stress disorder : A prospective evaluation. In: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 2007 ; Vol. 195, No. 1. pp. 41-47.
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