Navigation Links
Work-Family Conflict Dogs Air Force Women After Deployment
Date:8/19/2007

1 in 5 report symptoms of anxiety, depression once back home

SUNDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- At least one major symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was reported by about 20 percent of 1,114 women in the U.S. Air Force deployed during the Iraq War, says a University of Michigan study that found a link between PTSD and work-family conflict.

The women in the survey (74.2 percent enlisted, 25.8 percent officers) were deployed at least once since March 19, 2003. About 62 percent of them were deployed in a theater of war.

The study authors found that women who experienced higher levels of family-work conflict were more likely to have symptoms of anxiety and depression. They were also less likely to feel they could cope with daily demands and responsibilities.

"We were surprised to find that work-family conflict is an independent and significant predictor of PTSD, above and beyond combat exposure. This finding is important, because there are many things we can do to help minimize work-family stress and the toll it is taking on women in the military," study author Penny Pierce, an associate professor in the U-M School of Nursing, said in a prepared statement.

"Since the Gulf War, the role of women in combat has been a subject of heated debate. This study is the latest attempt to assess the impact of deployment-related stressors, including family separation, on military women, who now comprise 13 percent of our nation's armed forces," said Pierce, who is a colonel in the Air Force Reserve Program.

She presented preliminary findings from the study on Sunday at the American Psychological Association annual meeting in San Francisco.

"We cannot hope to take away the stress of combat, but the additional stress caused by family-work conflicts can be modified," Pierce said. "Steps can be taken to reduce the anxiety and depression of servicewomen who are worried about what is happening on the home front. In the near future, we hope to identify some areas where we can intervene to help reduce this source of stress."

Another study presented at the meeting found that almost half -- 42 percent -- of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan said they now felt like a "guest in their own home," and one in five felt their children did not respond warmly to them, or were even afraid of them. In many of these cases, depression or PTSD played a major role, the researchers reported.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about PTSD.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of Michigan, news release, Aug. 19, 2007


'/>"/>

Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.

Related medicine news :

1. Conflict over Productivity Commission report on physicians referral
2. Health Insurance Scheme Generates Conflicting Opinions
3. Parental Conflict Can Lead to Sleep Disorders in Children
4. Parental Conflicts Lead To Emotional Insecurity In Children
5. Minister Calls for Action Plan To Solve Man-Animal Conflict
6. Climatic Change Cause of Dafur Conflict-UN
7. No Clear Link Between Conflict, Rape and HIV: UN Study
8. Mechanical forces drive early heart development
9. Free Condom Counters For Border Security Force Cadres
10. Indian Government Sets Up Task Force For Avian flu
11. A Joint Venture by Golfers And Military Forces To Combat AIDS
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... Brooklyn, New York (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... medical marijuana patients optimize the ingestion of their medication by matching users with high ... allows users to compare pieces with no commitment. , Inhale was founded by two ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Dr. Seema Daulat, ... Evans Dermatology in the South Lamar location as of July 13, 2016. , Dr. ... School. As a medical student, she regularly volunteered at the Agape Clinic serving Dallas’ ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... , ... An article published June 8 on AOL News describes ... cancer in individuals with unhealthy oral hygiene habits. The article goes on to state ... gum disease, brushed their teeth on a daily basis, wore dentures and if they ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... The Mechille Wilson Agency, ... throughout Jasper County and the surrounding region, is initiating a charity drive to assist ... raise funds earmarked for a scholarship fund that will be presented to the chosen ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... ... Virginia Beach resident Sean Kelly suffered from depression after a long military career ... set out to accomplish a personal mission: a solo 50-mile paddle. Kelly decided to ... the story of another special operations veteran, Josh Collins, whom Kelly had served with ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research ... Devices Global Market - Forecast to 2022" report to ... the treatment method for the patients with kidney failure, it ... excess fluid from the patient,s blood and thus the treatment ... potassium and chloride in balance. Increasing number ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016  In a startling report released today, ... residents by lacking a comprehensive, proven plan to eliminate prescription opioid ... ranking of how states are tackling the worst drug crisis in ... states – Kentucky , New Mexico ... . Of the 28 failing states, three – ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ANGELES , June 23, 2016 ... CAPR ), a biotechnology company focused ... therapeutics, today announced that patient enrollment in its ... in Duchenne) has exceeded 50% of its 24-patient ... enrollment in the third quarter of 2016, and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: