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Correlates of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in Marines Back from War
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The effect of combat and operational stress on the mental health of military personnel is a major concern. The objective of this study was to identify factors associated with possible post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD. A questionnaire was completed by a sample of 1,569 Marines who had deployed to combat in support of the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan 2002-2007. Using the PTSD Checklist, 10.6 of the sample screened positive for possible PTSD. Of 10 demographic and psychosocial factors that were examined in relation to possible PTSD, four factors were significant in a multivariate analysis deployment-related stressors, combat exposure, mild traumatic brain injury symptoms, and marital status. Deployment-related stressors had a stronger association with possible PTSD than any other variable in the study. Deployment-related stressors are potentially modifiable, such as by improving support to families, and improving access and options for communication with home.
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