June 22, 2010

Research has shown that deployment and exposure to combat result in increased risk of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, substance abuse, functional impairment in social and employment settings, and the increased use of health care services.

To date, few studies have examined gender differences with regard to combat exposures and associated mental health consequences, such as stress.

The purpose of this study is to examine the prevalence of life stressors, life-changing events, and coping mechanisms among women and men in the Services after deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) or Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).