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Swedish UN soldiers in Cyprus, UNFICYP: their psychological and social situation

Lundin, T.; Otto, U.

PsychoTherapy and Psychosomatics 57(4): 187-193


ISSN/ISBN: 0033-3190
PMID: 1410195
DOI: 10.1159/000288597
Accession: 033607453

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Two Swedish rifle batallions serving as UN soldiers in Cyprus (UNFICYP) have been investigated with respect to their demographic background and motives for application for UN service. The comparison of symptoms of stress in general, of posttraumatic stress disorder specifically, and some other variables of reaction with various studies of Swedish UN soldiers in different settings has given the following results. Very few interviewees experienced 'personal nervous breakdown' (0.5%). The soldiers reported in general very few psychological or psychosomatic complaints in the short time perspective. There seemed, however, to be two groups of persons at risk, namely those who were repatriated and those with a high consumption of alcohol.

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