What is it about?
Several studies have shown that military troops report more psychiatric symptoms if they have been exposed to sexual stressors compared to unexposed troops. However, other stressors, like childhood abuse and combat, can also increase psychiatric symptoms. This study showed that people who experienced childhood abuse were more likely to also experience sexual stressors in the military. When those childhood experiences were controlled for, the psychiatric symptoms troops reported were similar among those who did and did not report military sexual stressors. We also identified several work environment characteristics that could potentially be modified to reduce military sexual stressors.
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Why is it important?
Childhood abuse was a classic confounder between military sexual stressors and psychiatric symptoms. Understanding these complex interrelationships and the environment in which they arise allows us to identify areas for prevention.
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This page is a summary of: The association between military sexual stress and psychiatric symptoms after controlling for other stressors, Journal of Psychiatric Research, December 2010, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2010.09.009.
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