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[THE ANALYSIS OF LIFE EVENTS IN HUNGARY]

NAGY Judit

OCTOBER 20, 2004

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2004;14(10)

[INTRODUCTION - In the social vulnerability model the concept of Life Events is the measure of forces and life events presenting in the social field that makes someone susceptible to mental illnesses. The stress value of these events add up. The Life Events Scale by Paykel is a questionnaire used in international practice. The objective of this study is the Hungarian adaptation and introduction of the Life Events Scale in the national practice, the international comparison of our results, the comparison of healthy people with the patient population and the analysis by social data. PATIENTS AND METHOD - The questionnaires were filled in by both healthy people and different patient populations. The participants rated the life events between 0-7 points according to their degree of causing stress, then they indicated whether it had happened with them. This was followed by a questionnaire about social data. We separated question groups by factor analysis: losses, changes, failures, difficulties, joyful events. RESULTS - When making the international comparison we only found differences in two areas: becoming unemployed and infidelity/divorce. Young people scored losses higher, while older ones scored changes higher. Those who declared themselves as religious scored suicide attempts higher. The mean scores of patient populations were higher compared to healthy subjects. The number of life events occurred was the highest in the depression-suicide attempt group. CONCLUSION - Our results can be used in everyday clinical practice and may be extremely important in suicide prevention.]

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