Iranian Journal of War and Public Health

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Volume 15, Issue 3 (2023)                   Iran J War Public Health 2023, 15(3): 249-256 | Back to browse issues page

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Fallahinezhad S, Mandani G, Tahanzadeh B, Ghasemzadeh R, Salahshouri A. The Experiences of Adult Offsprings of War Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; a Qualitative Study. Iran J War Public Health 2023; 15 (3) :249-256
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1- “Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences” and “Rehabilitation Research Center”, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
2- Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3- “Department of Speech Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences” and “Rehabilitation Research Center”, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
4- Department of Health Education and Health Promotion, Faculty of Health, Ahvaz Jundishapour University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
* Corresponding Author Address: Speech Therapy Department, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Ahvaz Jundishapour University of Medical Sciences, Gholestan Boulevared, Ahvaz, Iran. Postal Code: 61357-33133 (
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Aims: Families of war veterans continue to experience the consequences of war, including psychological and emotional impacts, years after the end of the conflict. This study aimed to explore the experiences of adult offsprings of war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Participants & Methods: This research employed a qualitative research method using a content analysis approach. Nine adult offsprings of war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder were interviewed. Data were collected through semi-structured in-depth interviews and analyzed using a contractual approach based on the Graneheim & Lundman model. Lincoln and Guba's criteria confirmed the research's validity and reliability.
Findings: The initial coding and formation of meaningful units led to data classification into 13 subcategories based on commonalities. Ultimately, five main categories were identified; an unsafe childhood, witnessing endless suffering due to their father's condition, challenges in their mother's life, empathy with their father, and fears, anxieties, and mental struggles.
Conclusion: Adult offsprings of war veterans experience various challenging events that significantly impact their quality of life.

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