The Psychological Effects of Being a Prisoner of War

  • Edna J. Hunter
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


More individuals have experienced a prisoner of war or hostage situation than most people realize. There were over 130,000 American service personnel captured during World War II alone; over 7,000 were taken POW during the Korean War; and nearly 600 returned from Vietnam to U.S. control during Operation Homecoming in the spring of 1973. The men held in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict were held longer (almost 9 years for some) than the POWs of World War II (4 years), Korea (3 years), those held during the Pueblo incident (11 months), or more recently by Iran (approximately 1 year).


Psychological Effect Concentration Camp Geneva Convention Military Family Captivity Experience 
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  • Edna J. Hunter
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  1. 1.Hunter PublicationsSan DiegoUSA

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