The objective of this study is to determine the frequency and
severity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms in journalists
of Peshawar. A self-report 17-items questionnaire based on PTSD civilian
version (PCL-C) was administered to 252 working journalists of Peshawar
Press Clubs. The findings revealed that 17.3% of journalists exhibit
extreme while 31.1% show higher PTSD symptoms. Since this paper is
aimed at journalists, their unions, media houses and NGOs, therefore,
specialized jargons of psychiatric literature have been avoided. Instead,
simple language has been used. The paper stresses the need that psychiatric
establishment and media industry should build a joint body of knowledge
to create awareness and a conducive environment for journalists to seek
counselling. Although the law-and-order situation has now improved,
there is a dire need for post-conflict reflexivity. Also, PTSD symptoms
sometimes appear at quite later stages.
1-Ajmal Khan MS International Journalism, Communication University of China, (Beijing).2-Raja Arslan Ahmad Khan MS Media and Communication Studies, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan.3-Mamoona Ismail Loona Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
PTSD, War and Conflicts, Working Journalists, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa