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GWI-98 Relationships of Stress Exposures to Health in Gulf War Veterans

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Annual rept. 1 Oct 1998-30 Sep 1999

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The Relationships of Stress Exposures to Health in Gulf War Veterans study of 10,000 Operation Desert ShieldStorm ODSS veterans including 5,000 females uses a national probability-based clustered design in which the mail survey units are a proportional-to-size probability sample of metropolitan areas and county groups from the mailing addresses of veterans who were deployed to the Persian Gulf during ODSS. The mail survey will provide information on physical health outcomes, exposure to traumatic stressors, psychological functioning, and some basic socioeconomic characteristics. A second systematic sample of over 2,000 male and female veterans will be selected in equal proportions from two groups Gulf War veterans who reported symptoms of Gulf War Illness and those who did not. This sample will be administered a computer-assisted telephone interview CATI that focuses on collecting more in-depth information on premilitary trauma exposure military-Gulf War trauma and other stress exposures psychiatric symptoms and disorder, including posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD, major depression, dysthymia, and substance dependence social support during the Gulf War and upon homecoming and socioeconomic outcomes, including labor market functioning and health care service utilization. The mail survey questionnaire has been compiled and formatted for pilot testing and the Desert ShieldStorm DSS and the Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program CCEP databases are being prepared for selecting the study sample.

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  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Stress Physiology

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