Depression, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Life Satisfaction in Greenlandic Adults
Suicide is a major public health problem in Greenland. Despite
the fact that suicide is highly associated with depression, posttraumatic
stress disorder (PTSD), and life satisfaction there are
virtually no data about the extent to which Greenlandic individuals
experience these mental health problems or a sense of wellbeing.
In this study, a group of 137 Greenlandic adults completed
measures of depression, PTSD, and life satisfaction. In addition,
they also provided memories of traumatic or stressful and positive
life events they had experienced during their lives. No sex
differences were found in any of the measures. Results showed
that 25.8 % of the participants reported symptoms of mild or
major depression, while 13% reported high PTSD scores, and
10% of the sample reported being dissatisfied with their lives.
Keywords: depression, PTSD, life satisfaction, Greenlandic
middle-aged and older adults, life events
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