Psychiatric caseness in the person exposed to civil war in Nepal

  • Jai Bahadur Khattri
  • Anil Subedi
  • Shweta Tirkey
  • Bharat Kumar Goit
  • Rabindra Kumar Thakur
Keywords: Conflict, Nepal, Psychiatric disorder, Trau¬ma


Background: Civil war carries an enormous impact on psychological health of the population, but poorly understood. The objective of this study was to study the relationship between war expo­sure and psychiatric caseness.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in Jaimuni municipality of Baglung district of Nepal in 220 participants. The participants scoring more than or equal to 3 in the General Health Questionnaire-12 was labelled as “psychiatric caseness”. The participants were then interviewed regarding their civil war exposure.

Results: The prevalence of psychiatric caseness was 47.7% in the war exposed samples. War ex­posed samples were found to be suffering from psychiatric caseness (47.7%) more often than non-exposed samples (28.4%) and there was a statistical significance between exposure to war and psychiatric caseness (p=0.005).

Conclusions: There is a relationship between psychiatric caseness and war exposure in a statistical significant way. Future mental health policy of Nepal should address the mental health problems of war exposed population.


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Khattri, J., Subedi, A., Tirkey, S., Goit, B., & Thakur, R. (2020). Psychiatric caseness in the person exposed to civil war in Nepal. Journal of Chitwan Medical College, 10(1), 36-39.
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