Acute Stress Disorder in Greek Cypriots Visiting the Occupied Areas

Marios N. Adonis, Eleni A. Demetriou, Angeliki Skotinou

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Following 30 years of war-driven displacement, in 2003 Cypriots were allowed to visit the occupied areas. The present study investigates whether visiting the occupied areas under peaceful conditions could be a traumatic experience potentially leading to Acute Stress Disorder (ASD). Of the 163 participants who completed self-report questionnaires measuring ASD, depression, anxiety, social support, and stress, 138 visited the occupied areas; out of these, 31 met criteria for ASD, 14 reported experiencing symptoms for over a month and 13 continued to experience symptoms at the time of data collection. Results suggest that visiting the occupied areas may constitute a traumatic experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-28
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018


  • ASD
  • Cyprus conflict
  • internally displaced persons
  • psychological trauma


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