Aim: Earthquakes are one of the most frequently occurring natural disasters and extensive research has been conducted on mental disorders on exposed populations, particularly on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The aim of this study was examined the post-traumatic stress disorder prevalence and associated factors of the university students one month after Van Earthquake in 2011. Method: This study is cross-sectional type. Total voluntary 722 students were included in the study. PTSD scale and student information form were applied on students. Results: The prevalence of PTSD in the students was found as 39.3%. The PTSD rate was expressively high in female, health sciences students, injured physically in the earthquake, their parents were injured or died, if the place they lived in damaged in earthquake and students who lived in hostels. Counclusions: This study shows after earthquake may have such as PTSD for mental health. The students who have PTSD after the earthquake should be supported psychologically. It should be study about related factors.
Keywords: Earthquake, Prevalence, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, University Students Turkey.