War-Zone Exposure and Long-Term General Life Adjustment Among Vietnam Veterans: Findings From Two Perspectives1

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    This project was supported by the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center (MAVERIC).

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Dawne S. Vogt, National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 116B-5, 150 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130. E-mail: Dawne.Vogt@med.va.go.

Abstract

This two-part investigation examined associations between service in Vietnam and indices of long-term general life adjustment using a national sample of male and female members of the Vietnam generation. In Study 1, we documented reasonably high levels of satisfaction and attainment among Vietnam veterans, levels that differed minimally, on average, from those who served elsewhere and those who never served in the military. In Study 2, dimensions of war-zone stressor exposure were only marginally related to satisfaction and attainment, in contrast with research documenting strong relationships with psychopathol-ogy. These findings support the importance of expanding our thinking about dimensions of mental illness and mental health.

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