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


Personal Author(s) : Peterson, Alan L ; Litz, Brett ; McNally, Richard ; Isler, William ; Baker, Monty ; Mintz, James ; Hatch, Jon


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA549857


Report Date : 15 Sep 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 151


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.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE PERSONNEL , *COMBAT AREAS , *MEDICAL PERSONNEL , *MENTAL HEALTH , *MILITARY OPERATIONS , *STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY) , DEPLOYMENT , EXPOSURE(GENERAL) , MENTAL DISORDERS , MILITARY MEDICINE , RESILIENCE , RISK , TRAUMA


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE