The effect of compensation payment on long-term adjustment of soldiers with war-induced psychic trauma was studied. 2 groups of combat stress reaction casualties of the 1982 Lebanon War were examined: 109 casualties had been recognized by the Ministry of Defence as eligible for benefits, while 111 casualties had not applied for compensation benefits. Data were collected from their IDF medical charts and computerized personal records, from clinical data collected by IDF clinicians, and by mail and telephone surveys. Results indicated that the groups were quite similar in social functioning before the war. However, in those compensated there was more distress and impaired functioning following the war and at follow-up. The role of compensation in recovery from war-induced psychic trauma is discussed.
|Pages (from-to)||450-455, 503|
|State||Published - 1 Dec 1994|