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

Background:

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

Result(s):

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.

Conclusion(s):

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.