Patterns of Psychiatric Need and Intervention among U. S. Army Troops of the Vietnam Conflict
Research protocol, Oct-Dec 1982
WALTER REED ARMY INST OF RESEARCH SILVER SPRING MD DEPT OF MILITARY PSYCHIATRY
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Vietnam was Americas most protracted and divisive war in modern times, however, evidently the US Army did not retain psychiatric records and related materials that would serve as a data base for analysis and formulation of lessons learned regarding the dynamics of psychiatric attrition or prevention in the theater. Yet Vietnam introduced a rich variety of unique or changing circumstances altering both the ecology of the battlefield and the rear, as well as provided a new technology for treatment of psychiatric disorders, i.e., relatively non-sedating psychotropic drugs. This report provides an alternative rationale, survey instrument, and methodology for ascertaining a comprehensive description of the dominant patterns of psychiatric and psychosocial breakdown among U.S. Army troops in Vietnam and the forms of intervention provided through the accumulation of survey data from Army psychiatrists who served there .
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