Strategies of POWs in Vietnam to Survive Captivity & Repatriation

This qualitative study conducted semi-structured interviews addressing challenges faced by former Prisoners of War during repatriation. POWs experience higher rates of physical and psychological health problems, are more likely to become divorced, have depressive symptoms, and have PTSD. Several attitudes/strategies were identified as protective during repatriation: Fortune, Forgiveness, Directed Animosity, and Bonding. This research can inform how we support former POWs.

Project Faculty

Dr. Bryan Cafferky