Characteristics of Military Members Hospitalized with a Psychiatric Diagnosis During the Persian Gulf War
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The purpose of this study was to identify and describe characteristics of military members serving in the Persian Gulf War who were hospitalized with a psychiatric diagnosis. Data was collected by reviewing charts and computerized records of a convenience sample of 99 military members from one Air Force Treatment Facility in Wiesbaden, Germany. Most of the military members hospitalized with a psychiatric diagnosis were between the ages of 18 to 25 n 47. The majority were white n 69, married n 54, men n 79 in the U.S. Army N 78 on active duty status n 63. The subjects were enlisted with approximately two years in service and 16 weeks in the Middle East. Motor vehicle operators n 21 and medical personnel n 15 were most likely to be admitted with a psychiatric diagnosis. Finally, Adjustment Disorder n 53 was the psychiatric diagnosis given most frequently.