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The prevalence of stress-related medical conditions in clients of Readjustment Counseling Service at Veterans Centers was investigated. The purpose of the study was to gain further knowledge specifically pertaining to the long-term health consequences of exposure to combat trauma. A review of relevant literature is provided. Veterans Center clients (N=600) were surveyed using a five-page self-report checklist regarding their histories of 56 stress-related medical conditions. Demographic characteristics are described. The results indicated that veterans exposed to high stress (combat) reported more medical problems than did veterans not exposed to high stress (noncombat). Among body systems, musculoskeletal and respiratory systems were shown to be especially affected by the high stress. Age differences are reported. Native American vets reported the highest average number of medical conditions, but no differences were found among ethnic groups in types of medical conditions. Veterans who reported a high number of psychological symptoms also reported more stress-related medical conditions than others. Results and clinical implications are discussed. (Author/EMK)

Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adults, Counseling Services, Males, Medical Research, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Predictor Variables, Profiles, Stress Variables, Veterans

Author: Ashlock, Larry; Hayman, Peter

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7688&id=ED424528

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