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Volume 4 Issue 2 (May 1994), Pages fmi-fmi, 77-144

Psychological distress in the local hillsborough or ‘host’ community following the Hillsborough football stadium diaster (pages 77-89)


This paper describes levels of psychological distress and accounts of disaster among the local host community following the Hillsborough Football Stadium disaster. Thirty‐two participants were interviewed 4–6 months after the event. Rates of psychological distress symptoms were high in the sample as measured by PTSD (DSM III criteria), Impact of Events Scale (IES) and the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ‐28). The study also explores the relationships between levels of exposure, levels of distress and participants' accounts of the disaster. Implications for community outreach projects after disasters are discussed.

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