Demographic and Psychosocial Characteristics of Men in the United States Navy as Predictors of Those Men who Develop Venereal Disease.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CALIF
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A prospective study of 4,507 U.S. Navy enlisted men aboard 6 large ships for those men who developed VD over a 6- to 8-month cruise period. Predictors studied included subjects age, race, education, marital status, occupation, recent disciplinary actions, job satisfaction, recent life changes, and an anxiety symptom questionnaire. Results suggested that these predictors were only moderately successful in determining subjects who ultimately contracted VD --and then, only in the case of Caucasian sailors. Caucasian subjects with VD tended to be young, single, employed in blue collar positions aboard ship, and to have had recent disciplinary actions. They also registered slightly elevated recent life changes as well as anxiety symptoms. For Negro subjects, only occupation blue collar positions and their recent life changes elevated were of value as possible predictors. Author
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