Navy Family Separation and Physician Utilization.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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During a seven-month investigation of family separation, the wives of Naval personnel aboard ships which were deployed visited the doctor significantly more often than wives of personnel who were at home. During family separation, wives who were younger, caucasian, had higher levels of psychological distress, and had a chance locus of control orientation were more likely to exhibit more physical symptoms. The best predictors of physician utilization were number of symptoms and working outside the home. Results are discussed in terms of a preventive medicine hypothesis.
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