How Do Aftermath of Battle Experiences Affect Returning OEF/OIF Veterans?


Aftermath of battle experiences (ABE) may contribute to adverse mental and physical health outcomes. This study examined ABE and their effect on health functioning and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 66 OEF/OIF/OND Veterans. Bivariate correlations were conducted to investigate the contribution of ABE to PTSD and health functioning, after controlling for combat experiences. Additionally, a mediation analyses was conducted on Role Limitations due to Emotional Problems. Results suggested that the association between ABE and Role Limitations due to Emotional Problems was mediated by PTSD. These initials findings suggest the need for more research on differences in deployment experiences.

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Military behavioral health