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Health Status of Current National Guard Members

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Annual rept. 24 Jan 2003-23 Jan 2004

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Two projects are being conducted under this funding award. The cross-sectional survey study project 1 lays the groundwork to better understand the impacts of Army National Guard ARNG jobs on health by examining current and former Massachusetts MA ARNG soldiers as they remain State-side are deployed for combat, peacekeeping, or civilian emergency duties and after they leave the military. The objectives are as follows 1 describe the current health status of this ARNG cohort 2 examine to what extent the job strain of ARNG service affects the relationship between civilian job strain and health and job performance outcomes and 3 examine whether retention in the ARNG is related to current health status. The study cohort includes current MA ARNG members and prior members who have left ARNG service within the past 3-4 years. A prospective deployment health field study project 2 involving a MA ARNG group that deployed to Bosnia in 2001 and a comparison group non-deployed is being carried out to examine cognitive readiness and potential changes in health related to deployment. Data collection phases for the two research projects are complete data analyses are in progress. These research projects represent some of the first to focus on the role that ones ARNG job plays on health status and quality of life. 6 tables, 15 figures, 29 refs.

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  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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