Accession Number : ADA328804

Title :   Gender Role Stress, Mental Health Risk Factors and Mental Health Sequela in Deployed Versus Non-Deployed and Pilot-Rated Versus Non-Rated Active Duty Women Versus Men

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 22 Dec 95-30 Sep 96

Corporate Author : ARMSTRONG LAB BROOKS AFB TX

Personal Author(s) : Lombard, David

PDF Url : ADA328804

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 94

Abstract : In an era of cost containment, the changeover to manage health care and ever-increasing rates of rapid short and long-term deployments, the mental health of our troops is paramount in their being mission ready and physically capable. Recent reviews of the DoD inpatient database indicated that women's rates of admission for various mental health disorders (e.g., adjustment disorder, affective psychosis and neurotic disorders) were much higher than those of male active duty members, and appear to be higher than one would expect in a military population. This study examined the intra- and inter-personal and environmental aspects of being a woman in the military and their impacts on female mental health. The Mental Health Inventory assessed mental health symptoms, the Schedule of Recent Experiences assessed for recent negative events, the Ways of Coping Checklist. Assessed how subjects dealt with recent negative life events, and the Gender Role Stress Scale determined how different environments impacted gender role stress and how this impact altered mental health symptoms. All these tools are self-report surveys that were combined into one survey and mailed to identified subjects groups.

Descriptors :   *STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), *VARIATIONS, *MENTAL HEALTH, *SEX, MILITARY PERSONNEL, DEPLOYMENT, ACTIVE DUTY, PATIENTS, MEDICAL SERVICES, MENTAL DISORDERS.

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE