Accession Number : AD0016398


Title :   A STUDY OF COMBAT STRESS, KOREA, 1952


Descriptive Note : Preliminary rept.


Corporate Author : RESEARCH ANALYSIS CORP MCLEAN VA


Personal Author(s) : DAVIS, STANLEY W ; ELMADJIAN, FRED ; HENSEN, LINCOLN F ; LIDDEL, HOWARD S ; ZILINSKY, ALGIRD A ; MINARD, DAVID


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/016398.pdf


Report Date : Mar 1953


Pagination or Media Count : 216


Abstract : More than 100 infantry soldiers were examined, tested, and interviewed by a team of physiologists, psychologist, and psychiatrists in order to determine physiological and psychological changes resulting from combat stress in Korea in 1952. The analysis of blood and urine specimens indicated definite physiological changes had resulted from combat. Physiological disturbances included dehydration, absence of certain types of adult white blood cells, and prolonged high levels of adrenal activity. Physiological functions generally had not returned to normal 4 days after combat exposure. Psychological tests of higher mental functions did not indicate significant changes after combat stress. Effective leadership was cited as the most important factor in lessening the stressful experiences of combat. Tests were successfully administered to front-line infantrymen with complete subject cooperations.


Descriptors :   *KOREA , *STRESSES , *WARFARE , ADRENAL GLANDS , ADULTS , BLOOD , DEHYDRATION , EXPOSURE(GENERAL) , FUNCTIONS , LEADERSHIP , LEUKOCYTES , MENTAL ABILITY , MENTAL DISORDERS , MOTOR DISORDERS , PHYSIOLOGISTS , PHYSIOLOGY , PSYCHIATRY , PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS , TEAMS(PERSONNEL) , URINE


Subject Categories : Stress Physiology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE