Employment status and posttraumatic stress disorder following compensation seeking in victims of violence

Author(s)Kunst, Maarten J.J.
Title Employment status and posttraumatic stress disorder following compensation seeking in victims of violence
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence, January 2011, Vol. 26, No 2, pp 377-393
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Coverage The Netherlands
Summary This study investigates the association between PTSD and employment in a sample of victims of severe violent crime who had filed a claim with the Dutch Victims Compensation Fund. It was found that time elapse since victimisation, gender, and theft with violence were the control variables most significantly associated with employment status. The results indicated that the odds of being unemployed are lower for males and victims of theft with violence than for females and victims of any other type of violence. It was also found that the odds of being unemployed increase each year after victimisation. Results indicated that PTSD increased the likelihood of being unemployed although its affect was thought to be dependent on the extent of the victims experiencing a sense of foreshortened future.
Keywords PTSD; mental health; violence exposure; compensation.
Topic Psychological effects and treatment