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Vol 65, No 1 (2014)
MARITIME PSYCHOLOGY Original article
Published online: 2014-03-24
Submitted: 2014-03-24
Accepted: 2014-03-24
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Psychological distress in families of victims of maritime piracy — the Italian experience

Antonio Rosario Ziello, Rolando Degli Angioli, Angiola Maria Fasanaro, Francesco Amenta
DOI: 10.5603/MH.2014.0007
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International Maritime Health 2014;65(1):28-32.

open access

Vol 65, No 1 (2014)
MARITIME PSYCHOLOGY Original article
Published online: 2014-03-24
Submitted: 2014-03-24
Accepted: 2014-03-24

Abstract

Background: This work has investigated the psychological status of family members of kidnapped seafarers, 5 months after their release.

Aim: The goal of this study was to assess if relatives of victims of maritime piracy showed signs of psychological distress, to diagnose eventual pathologies and to measure their severity.

Materials and methods: Twelve family members (8 females and 4 males) of 4 kidnapped seafarers were examined. They were first interviewed by a semi-structured approach and then examined using the self-report questionnaire State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI-Y), and the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS).

Results: Five months after the relatives had been released, 42% of the family members of kidnapped seafarers obtained pathological scores in the STAI-Y questionnaire, and 33% showed depression according to the HDRS.

Conclusions: Family members of kidnapped seafarers show significant psychopathological symptoms 5 months after relatives have been released. Symptoms may be severe enough to interfere with daily life in about one half of them. Kidnapping is a changing life experience and both victims and relatives require attention and support.

Abstract

Background: This work has investigated the psychological status of family members of kidnapped seafarers, 5 months after their release.

Aim: The goal of this study was to assess if relatives of victims of maritime piracy showed signs of psychological distress, to diagnose eventual pathologies and to measure their severity.

Materials and methods: Twelve family members (8 females and 4 males) of 4 kidnapped seafarers were examined. They were first interviewed by a semi-structured approach and then examined using the self-report questionnaire State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI-Y), and the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS).

Results: Five months after the relatives had been released, 42% of the family members of kidnapped seafarers obtained pathological scores in the STAI-Y questionnaire, and 33% showed depression according to the HDRS.

Conclusions: Family members of kidnapped seafarers show significant psychopathological symptoms 5 months after relatives have been released. Symptoms may be severe enough to interfere with daily life in about one half of them. Kidnapping is a changing life experience and both victims and relatives require attention and support.

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Keywords

maritime piracy, victims’ relatives, anxiety, depression

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Title

Psychological distress in families of victims of maritime piracy — the Italian experience

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 65, No 1 (2014)

Pages

28-32

Published online

2014-03-24

DOI

10.5603/MH.2014.0007

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2014;65(1):28-32.

Keywords

maritime piracy
victims’ relatives
anxiety
depression

Authors

Antonio Rosario Ziello
Rolando Degli Angioli
Angiola Maria Fasanaro
Francesco Amenta

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