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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 35 (1993) 4

New research

Psychological complaints and charasteristics of policlinic patients of the post-war generation

B.J.N. Schreuder, H.M. van der Ploeg, G.W. van Tiel-Kadiks, J. Mook, I. Bramsen

Psychiatric symptomatology and psychological characteristics of a group of 46 `post-war'-(`second generation') patients requesting ambulatory treatment in Centrum '45 at Oegstgeest, The Netherlands, are described with psychiatric examinations and psychometric tests. All the subjects born after the liberation, have one or two parents, who were traumatized in World War II.

The scores of the psychological tests and the diagnosis according to DSM-III-R are comparable with those of Dutch psychiatric out-patients. Six of the forty-six patients had symptoms of recurrent and intrusive recollections and avoidance reactions relating to the traumatic experiences of their parents. No significant differences were found on the scores of the children with one traumatized parent compared to those with two traumatized parents.