Measuring psychological stress in primary care military medical clinics

B. Maoz, M. Mark, S. Rabinowitz, H. Antonovsky, M. Kotler, J. Ribak, A. Bleich

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In this study, the amount of psychological distress reported by soldiers is investigated and measured over time. The soldiers - enlisted and career - were randomly chosen while visiting five different military primary care clinics (for ostensible somatic problems) and administered the General Health Questionnaire (Goldberg and Huxley, 1980.) A third of the subjects were given the GHQ a year later. Fifty-two percent showed psychological stress: combat soldiers showed considerably less distress than technical/maintenance and administrative soldiers, and the psychological stress findings remained relatively stable over time. Possible explanations for these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-24
Number of pages6
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


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