Assessment of Stress Factors in Foreign Operations Involving French U.N. Peacekeepers.
CENTRE DE RECHERCHES DU SERVICE DE SANTE DES ARMEES LA TRONCHE (FRANCE)
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Since the Gulf war, the French Army has been exposed to harsh stress conditions on its missions abroad with the U.N.O. It has been observed during the late missions of the French Army in ex-Yugoslavia and Rwanda, that the confrontation with the reality of death and with apocalyptic scenes have unfortunately caused many psychological and emotional traumas. Based on these disturbing facts the Central Authority of the health department of the French armed forces requested our institution to assess the situation on stress factors among the units operating on assigniments with UN mandate. For this purpose, a survey was conducted from March 93 to February 94, using a questionnaire designed to identify and quantify the stress factors which affect all aspects of life and work in eight units posted in Cambodia, 19 units posted in Somalia and 20 units posted in ex-Yugoslavia, totaling over 5,000 people. All of the units were operating on assignments with UN mandate.
- Stress Physiology
- Military Forces and Organizations