Psychological Screening with Deployed and Nondeployed Soldiers.
ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT EUROPE
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The U.S. military has instituted a program of psychological screening for soldiers redeploying from the NATO mission in the mission in the former Yugoslavia in order to assess troop well-being. The screening process consisted of three clinical scales assessing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and alcohol problems. Personnel scoring above criteria on the clinical scales received an interview to determine referral need. Outcome rates of deployed Army soldiers N 54,587 in Bosnia were compared with a group of nondeployed soldiers N 790 in Germany. In all, fewer deployed soldiers met criteria for a follow-up interview or received a referral than nondeployed soldiers. This was especially true for lower enlisted males and enlisted females. Conducting screening at redeployment and the stressors of garrison life may have contributed to the relatively high outcome rates of the nondeployed sample.
- Stress Physiology
- Military Forces and Organizations