Accession Number:

ADA014080

Title:

Long Term Psychological and Physical Effects of the POW Experience: A Review of the Literature

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

34.0

Abstract:

The problem of what psychological and physical effects can be expected to remain or to appear over time as a result of the captivity experience is addressed. A review of the existing literature is presented in order to delineate the major findings which seem to be relevant in dealing with the long-term effects to be expected among prisoners of war returned from Southeast Asia. The cumulative weight of the findings, largely gathered from existing follow-up studies of concentration camp survivors, indicated that the extraordinary stresses of incarceration are related to a heightened vulnerability to physical and psychological problems over time. The need for more comprehensive and definitive long-term follow-up studies of former U.S. prisoner populations is discussed.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE