Just three years after the terrorist attacks in several parts of Paris, the first findings of the study were published, which examined the effects of this and other similar accidents on the French psyche. The authors of large-scale research emphasize the problems that media coverage can cause to uninterrupted observers. A quarter of respondents said the assassination was too much, AFP said.
The "Unprecedented" research, which will continue, is sponsored by the National Public Health Agency of France. The project was called "November 13th", according to the Paris attacks, in which a total of 130 people were killed in 2015. It also responds to other terrorist acts.
In the assessment of psychological and sociological consequences, the population is divided into different groups. The circle of the most sought-after people includes direct participants as wounded or hostages, direct witnesses and close victims. Researchers investigated between six and 18 months after the tragedy of 190 civilians belonging to this group, 18 percent found post-traumatic stress disorder and 20 percent more problems with depression or anxiety.
However, the November 2015 killings had a significant impact on people outside the "first circle". In the days immediately after the assassination, the Paris region recorded a record number of people who were alert, most often diagnosed with posttraumatic stress or an acute response to stress. To a lesser extent this wave appeared on the rest of the French territory.
"There were post-traumatic symptoms in people who were not exposed to direct events and who are not known to have suffered any assassination," said one of Enguerrando du Roscoata's research on the French television website. "The number and intensity of these symptoms has increased significantly, depending on the time when the person was exposed to images of an attack in the media," he added.
According to the AFP, almost all the respondents in the study, seven months after November 2015, accurately recounted the circumstances in which they learned of the attacks at the Stade de France stadium and operations in Saint-Denis and the center of Paris. Three-quarters of respondents talked about the need to continue talking about assassinations, but by the remainder of the quarter, they talk too much about the events.
Franceinfo notes that reporting on terrorist attacks often traumatizes people with a priori impaired psyche. French scientists want to continue to explore how posttraumatic disorders affect everyday life. "These are people who are at risk of social exclusion, problems with going to work or stopping free activities," said Du Roscoat.