What is it about?

This study took a comprehensive approach to summarize the factors that influence how military personnel cope with life during and after deployment. By analyzing a vast amount of data from 314 studies, involving over 2 million military personnel, we were able to identify the most significant factors affecting soldiers' well-being after deployment. Emotional factors, like feelings of guilt or shame, and cognitive processes, such as how soldiers perceive and think about their experiences, have the strongest impact on their post-deployment life. Other important factors include getting enough sleep during deployment, being motivated, and using effective coping and recovery strategies.

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Why is it important?

The findings suggest that focusing on emotional and cognitive support, ensuring adequate rest, and teaching effective coping methods could be crucial in helping military personnel adjust after deployment. The study highlights the importance of early identification and intervention for those at risk of struggling post-deployment.

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This page is a summary of: An exploratory domain analysis of deployment risks and protective features and their association to mental health, cognitive functioning and job performance in military personnel, Anxiety Stress & Coping, June 2023, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/10615806.2023.2228707.
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