Long-term mental health effects of the Chernobyl disaster: an epidemiologic survey in two former Soviet regions.

@article{Havenaar1997LongtermMH,
  title={Long-term mental health effects of the Chernobyl disaster: an epidemiologic survey in two former Soviet regions.},
  author={Johan M. Havenaar and G M Rumyantzeva and Wim van den Brink and N W Poelijoe and Jan van den Bout and Herman van Engeland and Maarten W J Koeter},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  year={1997},
  volume={154 11},
  pages={1605-7}
}
OBJECTIVE This study assessed the long-term mental health effects of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl. METHOD Two population samples (N = 3,044), one from the Gomel region, close to the accident site, and one from Tver, 500 miles away, were studied 6 1/2 years after the event with the use of a variety of self-report questionnaires and a standardized psychiatric interview. RESULTS The prevalence of psychological distress and DSM-III-R psychiatric disorders was exceptionally high in both… CONTINUE READING