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Family stress and posttraumatic stress: the impact of military operations on military health care providers.

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Graduate School of Nursing, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA.
Archives of psychiatric nursing (Impact Factor: 0.9). 08/2012; 26(4):e31-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.apnu.2012.04.001
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ABSTRACT This study uses data from the 2005 Department of Defense Survey of Health-Related Behaviors Among Military Personnel to examine relationships between family stress and posttraumatic stress symptoms across 4 subgroups of Operation Iraqi Freedom-deployed (i.e., war in Iraq) or Operation Enduring Freedom-deployed (i.e., war in Afghanistan) active-duty military service members. Results suggest the following: (a) the greatest positive correlation of family stressors with posttraumatic stress symptoms was found within the military health care officer group, and (b) these military health care officers differed in family stressors mediating posttraumatic stress with divorce and financial problems accounting for significant and unique portions of the variance. Implications for care of service members and their families are discussed.

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