Health status and mortality in holocaust survivors living in Jerusalem 40-50 years later

Chen Collins, Genc Burazeri, Jaime Gofin, Jeremy D. Kark

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Abstract

The long-term health sequelae of the Holocaust were assessed 40-50 years later in the framework of a Jerusalem community health study. Holocaust survivors (N=288, mean age = 67.6 years) and European-born Jews, not exposed to the Holocaust (N=486, mean age = 68.9 years), were studied in 1985-87. Our objective was to compare psychobehavioral factors, clinical variables, and mortality outcomes. The comparisons revealed higher emotional distress scores in female Holocaust survivors than in unexposed women and poorer self-appraised health status in male Holocaust survivors than unexposed men. A 10-year mortality follow-up that terminated in April 1996 showed no significant association with Holocaust exposure. Long-term Holocaust survivors may represent a selective resilient group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-411
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2004

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Keywords

  • Community study
  • Emotional health
  • Health status
  • Holocaust
  • Mortality

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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Health status and mortality in holocaust survivors living in Jerusalem 40-50 years later. / Collins, Chen; Burazeri, Genc; Gofin, Jaime; Kark, Jeremy D.

In: Journal of Traumatic Stress, Vol. 17, No. 5, 01.10.2004, p. 403-411.

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Collins, Chen ; Burazeri, Genc ; Gofin, Jaime ; Kark, Jeremy D. / Health status and mortality in holocaust survivors living in Jerusalem 40-50 years later. In: Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2004 ; Vol. 17, No. 5. pp. 403-411.
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