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Posttraumatic stress symptomatology as a mediator of the association between military sexual trauma and post-deployment physical health in women.
J Trauma Dissociation. 2011; 12(3):275-89.JT

Abstract

This study examined posttraumatic stress symptomatology (PSS) as a mediator of the association between military sexual trauma and post-deployment physical health. Relationships were examined in a sample of 83 female veterans of the first Gulf War (1990-1991) approximately 10 years post-deployment. Participants reported on the frequency of sexual harassment and sexual assault experienced during deployment. Physical health was measured using participants' self-reports of pre-deployment and post-deployment symptoms within 7 body systems. Sexual harassment exposure was not found to be associated with PSS-mediated associations with physical health symptoms. However, sexual assault during deployment was found to be associated with PSS and 4 of the 7 health symptom clusters assessed: gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, and neurological symptoms. Furthermore, PSS was found to be a significant mediator of the sexual assault-physical health relationship in each of these domains, with the indirect path accounting for 74% to 100% of the relationship. The findings from the current study indicate that sexual assault has detrimental associations with physical health and that PSS plays a primary role in that relationship.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Women's Health Sciences Division, National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts 02130, USA. Brian.Smith12@va.govNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21534096

Citation

Smith, Brian N., et al. "Posttraumatic Stress Symptomatology as a Mediator of the Association Between Military Sexual Trauma and Post-deployment Physical Health in Women." Journal of Trauma & Dissociation : the Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD), vol. 12, no. 3, 2011, pp. 275-89.
Smith BN, Shipherd JC, Schuster JL, et al. Posttraumatic stress symptomatology as a mediator of the association between military sexual trauma and post-deployment physical health in women. J Trauma Dissociation. 2011;12(3):275-89.
Smith, B. N., Shipherd, J. C., Schuster, J. L., Vogt, D. S., King, L. A., & King, D. W. (2011). Posttraumatic stress symptomatology as a mediator of the association between military sexual trauma and post-deployment physical health in women. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation : the Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD), 12(3), 275-89. https://doi.org/10.1080/15299732.2011.551508
Smith BN, et al. Posttraumatic Stress Symptomatology as a Mediator of the Association Between Military Sexual Trauma and Post-deployment Physical Health in Women. J Trauma Dissociation. 2011;12(3):275-89. PubMed PMID: 21534096.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Posttraumatic stress symptomatology as a mediator of the association between military sexual trauma and post-deployment physical health in women. AU - Smith,Brian N, AU - Shipherd,Jillian C, AU - Schuster,Jennifer L, AU - Vogt,Dawne S, AU - King,Lynda A, AU - King,Daniel W, PY - 2011/5/3/entrez PY - 2011/5/3/pubmed PY - 2011/9/9/medline SP - 275 EP - 89 JF - Journal of trauma & dissociation : the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD) JO - J Trauma Dissociation VL - 12 IS - 3 N2 - This study examined posttraumatic stress symptomatology (PSS) as a mediator of the association between military sexual trauma and post-deployment physical health. Relationships were examined in a sample of 83 female veterans of the first Gulf War (1990-1991) approximately 10 years post-deployment. Participants reported on the frequency of sexual harassment and sexual assault experienced during deployment. Physical health was measured using participants' self-reports of pre-deployment and post-deployment symptoms within 7 body systems. Sexual harassment exposure was not found to be associated with PSS-mediated associations with physical health symptoms. However, sexual assault during deployment was found to be associated with PSS and 4 of the 7 health symptom clusters assessed: gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, and neurological symptoms. Furthermore, PSS was found to be a significant mediator of the sexual assault-physical health relationship in each of these domains, with the indirect path accounting for 74% to 100% of the relationship. The findings from the current study indicate that sexual assault has detrimental associations with physical health and that PSS plays a primary role in that relationship. SN - 1529-9740 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21534096/Posttraumatic_stress_symptomatology_as_a_mediator_of_the_association_between_military_sexual_trauma_and_post_deployment_physical_health_in_women_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15299732.2011.551508 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -