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Women Vietnam Veterans: Do PTSD Symptoms Mediate Effects of Warzone Service on Health?
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PMID:  22984348     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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We assessed the impact of warzone stress on the physical and mental health functioning and well-being of 975 female nurse veterans who had been deployed to Vietnam, and examined whether PTSD symptoms at the time of the survey mediated these relations. A questionnaire was mailed to the Women's Vietnam Memorial Project members, approximately 25 - 30 years after their wartime service. We examined current physical and mental health functioning in relation to several measures of warzone stress and PTSD symptoms, adjusting for age, length of military service, and current physical health problems. Using regression models, we evaluated whether current PTSD symptoms mediated the effects of warzone stress on mental and physical health. Findings suggested that PTSD symptoms did mediate the relationship between warzone stress and mental, but not physical, health functioning in later life. These findings suggest that among women nurses deployed to Vietnam, the effects of warzone stress many years earlier on current functioning and well-being are both direct and indirect, mediated by PTSD symptoms. The legacy of wartime deployment remains, although muted in its expression, in military nurses nearly 30 years after their return.
Authors:
Anica Pless Kaiser; Avron Spiro; Lewina Onyi Lee; Jeanne Mager Stellman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Research in human development     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1542-7617     ISO Abbreviation:  Res Hum Dev     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-9-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101185265     Medline TA:  Res Hum Dev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  210-228     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
VA National Center for PTSD and the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center, VA Boston Healthcare System, and the Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine.
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