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Cohesion, burnout, and past trauma in tri-service medical and support personnel

Whealin JM, Batzer WB, Morgan CA, Detwiler HF, Schnurr PP, Friedman MJ. Cohesion, burnout, and past trauma in tri-service medical and support personnel. Military medicine. 2007 Mar 1; 172(3):266-72.

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Past research suggests that the negative consequences related to exposure to traumatic events and injury may impact cohesive work relationships. Additionally, trauma and low cohesive relationships independently predict poorer psychological and physical health in service members. The objective of the present study was to examine the interrelationships between exposure to traumatic events, burnout, and cohesion among tri-service medical and support staff. Surveys were administered to 253 U.S. Army, Army Reserve Units, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy personnel upon arrival in Hawaii for participation in a stressful, 2-week training exercise. Results showed that history of trauma was correlated with poorer view of officers and higher levels on two components of burnout. We discuss how findings can apply to prevention and early intervention efforts.

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