Post-Traumatic Stress and Perspectives on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
The study evaluated whether certain perspectives on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) among participants with higher post-traumatic stress symptoms differed from those of others in the sample with lower or no post-traumatic stress symptoms, examining anonymized survey data from a sample (N=300) of individuals who had previously testified as fact witnesses at the ICTY. The data were collected and made publicly available by the ICTY’s Victims and Witnesses Section, working with researchers from the University of North Texas. Using multiple linear regression analysis, relationships were analyzed between post-traumatic stress symptom severity and scores on (1) a measure of the tribunal’s perceived effectiveness, which consisted of items assessing to what extent the participants agreed that the tribunal had “done a good job” in (i) “establishing the truth about what happened,” (ii) “determining who was responsible for the grave crimes committed,” and (iii) “punishing those responsible for the grave crimes committed” in the former Yugoslavia, as well as that (iv) the tribunal will “help in preventing grave crimes from occurring again in the former Yugoslavia”; and on (2) a measure of the tribunal’s perceived fairness, which consisted of items assessing to what extent participants agreed that defendants and witnesses were treated fairly at the tribunal. No statistically significant associations were found between post-traumatic stress symptom severity and scores on these measures.
Coquillon, Erzulie, "Post-Traumatic Stress and Perspectives on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia" (2021). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI28650302.