Accession Number:

ADA549857

Title:

Risk and Resilience in Deployed Air Force Medical Personnel Study

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 30 Sep 2007-31 oct 2011

Corporate Author:

TEXAS UNIV AT SAN ANTONIO HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER

Report Date:

2011-09-15

Pagination or Media Count:

151.0

Abstract:

Military medical personnel deployed to war zones are dually burdened with stressors related to providing healthcare and combat and operational experiences. To better understand how different types and levels of stress exposure relate to positive and negative mental health outcomes among military medical personnel, the associations between combat and healthcare stress exposure and posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD were examined among 253 Air Force medical personnel recently redeployed from Iraq. Both types of stress exposure were uniquely associated with increased PTSD symptomatology. However, combat exposure was linearly associated with PTSD, suggesting a doseresponse relationship, whereas the relationship between healthcare stress and PTSD was curvilinear. Both forms of stress exposure showed an inverted U-shaped relationship with posttraumatic growth.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE