Low post-traumatic stress disorder rate in Chinese in Beijing, China

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  • Y Xi
  • R Chen
  • F Yan
  • X Ma
  • JJ Rakofsky
  • L Tang
  • H Guo
  • X Wu
  • X Li
  • H Zhu
  • X Guo
  • Y Yang
  • P Li
  • X Cao
  • H Li
  • Z Li
  • P Wang
  • Q Xu
  • Y Tang


There have been significantly fewer community-based, epidemiological studies focusing on PTSD and its socio-demographic correlates among the Chinese than Western populations.The multistage household cluster random sampling method was used to select participants from18 districts and counties in Beijing; a total of 16,032 participants were assessed; face-to-face interviews and data collection was conducted using the semi-structured clinical interview for DSM-IV-TR Axis I Disorders-Patient Edition (SCID-I/P).The lifetime PTSD prevalence was 0.3 Older age, low educational level, low personal monthly income, urban living, unemployment and being a farmer were all significantly associated with an increased risk of PTSD. Multivariate analysis showed that farmers and the unemployed were significantly associated with a higher risk for PTSD.The prevalence rates of PTSD in Beijing were low compared with that of Western countries. Farming occupation and unemployment were independent risk factors for PTSD.

Bibliographic note



Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-83
Number of pages5
JournalAsian Journal of Psychiatry
Early online date4 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • Community sample, BeijingChina, PTSD, Socio-demographic