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High-crime neighborhoods as a war zone: comparing trauma as a result of war and neighborhood violence

Paivanas, Tessa (2017) High-crime neighborhoods as a war zone: comparing trauma as a result of war and neighborhood violence. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Trauma and the resulting PTSD in Veterans returning home from war have been a focal point recently in the media. However, trauma among individuals living in high-crime neighborhoods and their resulting PTSD are less understood and appreciated. Sources indicate that many individuals who experience trauma have a higher probability of committing crimes, abusing drugs, being victims of or perpetrators of domestic violence, experiencing homelessness, and having interpersonal relationship conflicts. These are all public health concerns that are important to address. These issues impact not only Veterans but also individuals in environments that make them susceptible to experiencing trauma. This paper identifies some of the important similarities and differences between the traumatic experiences Veterans face during war time and those of individuals living in high-crime neighborhoods. A review of literature reveals that there are more similarities than differences between the trauma that these two groups face. In fact the studies presented in this paper suggest that civilians living in high-crime neighborhoods have a higher proportion of individuals experiencing symptoms of PTSD than Veterans returning home from war. Based on this finding this paper suggests educational and program resources already available to Veterans could be adapted to civilians to help reduce the burden of trauma and the resulting PTSD in civilians living in high-crime neighborhoods.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Paivanas, Tessatap79@pitt.eduTAP79
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.edumaterryUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberSoska, Tracytsssw@pitt.edutssswUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberGarland, Richardrig11@pitt.edurig11UNSPECIFIED
Date: 28 April 2017
Date Type: Submission
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Veterans, Trauma, Crime, Violent, neighbohoods
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2017 19:11
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2024 11:55


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