1Maha Sulaiman Younis, 2Amina Saad Abdulla, 3S.M. Yasir Arafat

1College of Medicine – Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq; 2Mosul General Hospital, Mosul, Iraq; 3Enam Medical College and Hospital,Dhaka, Bangladesh


People in Mosul faced many acts of violence and suffered atrocities in 2014-2017 when the city was seized and ruled by the terrorist group of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the combat of liberation. These war-related traumas had affected the mental health of the people significantly.

Material(s) and Method(s):

This cross-sectional study was conducted between the period of 15 April and 29 December 2020. Data were collected from 305 university students by face-to-face interview. The Iraqi version of the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ) was used in this study to assess the severity of trauma.  The collected data were analyzed by the SPSS V 24 statistical program


The mean age of the 305 participants was 21.46±2.76 years; 224(73.4%) were females, and 259 (84.9%) were single. PTSD was found in 12% of the participants. There was no significant association between PTSD, and sociodemographic variables. The association between PTSD symptoms and the type of injury frequency of traumas was substantial.


PTSD affected the university students in Mosul, which was expected for the impact of war and violence. As PTSD is a mental disorder and affects the psychological well-being of university students, there is a need to get attention and intervention strategies.