Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment ISSN: 2324-8947

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Research Article, J Trauma Stress Disor Treat Vol: 3 Issue: 1

Combat Exposure and Postdeployment Aggression: The Mediating Effects of Posttraumatic Stress, Negative Emotion, and Postdeployment Stressors

James Griffith *
National Center for Veterans’ Studies, University of Utah, USA
Corresponding author : James Griffith
National Center for Veterans’ Studies, University of Utah, 229 North Forest Dune Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32080, USA
Tel: 301-452-6026
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: June 10, 2013 Accepted: November 07, 2013 Published: December 06, 2013
Citation: Griffith J (2014) Combat Exposure and Postdeployment Aggression: The Mediating Effects of Posttraumatic Stress, Negative Emotion, and Postdeployment Stressors. J Trauma Stress Disor Treat 3:1. doi:10.4172/2324-8947.1000115

Abstract

Combat Exposure and Postdeployment Aggression: The Mediating Effects of Posttraumatic Stress, Negative Emotion, and Postdeployment Stressors

The present study tested the intervening effects of Negative emotion and postdeployment stressors on the relationship of combat exposure and posttraumatic stress (PTS) to aggression. Hypothesized relationships were examined using survey data obtained from a sample of National Guard soldiers (N=4,546). Results of structural equation modeling showed the strongest paths going from combat exposure and PTS, specifically, re-experiencing deployment events, to postdeployment Negative emotion to aggressive behaviors. Both re-experiencing deployment and Negative emotion showed a smaller direct effect on postdeployment aggression. Implications of findings for screening and treatment of soldiers having PTS and negative emotional states are discussed.

Keywords: Combat; Posttraumatic stress; Aggression; Negative emotion; National Guard

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