Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

563

Date

2012

Date of Award

4-18-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Psychology

Committee Chair

Frank Andrasik

Committee Member

Kristoffer Berlin

Committee Member

Roger Kreuz

Abstract

Soldiers returning from Operation Enduring (OEF) and Iraqi (OIF) Freedom endure many ploytrauma injuries including traumatic brain injury (TBI). This study examines the role of insomnia, PTSD and pain-related outcomes in a sample of TBI veterans. The medical records of 147 OEF/OIF veterans seen at a VAMC Polytrauma clinic were reviewed. Analyses indicated a high prevalence of PTSD, insomnia, and pain in this population, co-occurring in 47.6% of veterans. Increased PTSD symptomatology was significantly correlated with reports of more pain severity (r = .51), pain interference (r = .56), and insomnia (r = .64). Insomnia partially mediated the relation between PTSD and both pain severity and interference. These results indicate the overlap and complexity of presenting complaints in OEF/OIF veterans and highlight the role of sleep disturbances in complicating diagnosis and treatment of veterans. They further suggest the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach to assessing and treating these veterans.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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