Universal Consequences of Captivity: Stress Reactions Among Divergent Populations of Prisoners of War and Their Families
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The major thesis of this paper is that the impact on health and behavior of captivity is relatively constant across nations and cultures that is, the physical, psychological and social costs of incarceration experiences are to some extent predictable, no matter what nations find themselves in the role of captor and captive. The paper also points out that in spite of its attendant privations and persecutions, captivity has led many survivors to rethink philosophies and to develop a finer sense of self-worth and of lifes values turning a malignant and cataclysmic experience into an instrument for growth and emotional maturation.
- Stress Physiology