Poster

Military Unit Cohesion and Life Stress As Predictors of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Mediated Model

Time and Location
Poster Session III - Board: III-040
Friday May 23, 2008, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Exhibit Hall

Ben D. Dickstein
Boston University

Lauren M. Conoscenti
Boston VA Health Care System

Brett T. Litz
Boston VA Health Care System

Monty Baker
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Alan Peterson
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Abstract
Unit cohesion has been shown to protect against war-zone stress. However, cohesion likely helps with a variety of concurrent stressors. We hypothesized that the association between unit cohesion and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) would be mediated by life stressors in military medical personnel deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The results confirmed our expectations.

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