Trauma and PTSD among Civilians in the Middle East

PTSD Research Quarterly reviews the growing body of literature on trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the civilian population of the Middle East. Within the past few decades, this turbulent region has endured wars, political violence, natural disasters, occupation, and forced displacements, with few resources available to help victims dealing with the resulting physical, psychological, and financial aftermath of those traumatic events. The Middle East is a loosely defined geographic region that encompasses Southwestern and Central Asia, and parts of the Caucasus, North Africa, and Southern Europe. In this review, we subscribe to the narrower definition of the Middle East, which includes Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, the Gaza Strip, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, West Bank, and Yemen.

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