Kiwi researchers target protective factors for dealing with post-traumatic stress


A team of New Zealand base researchers have conducted an important study into risk and protective factors associated with PTS in the military population.


Surveying a cross-section of serving and retired personnel (n = 1,817) using measures from Military Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist (PCL-M), the study confirmed the prevelence of PTS amongs New Zealand Military personnel and identified psychological flecxibility and good sleep as protective factors in dealing with PTS.


The authors suggest interventions targetting these factors could reduce PTS among military personnel.

Richardson A, Gurung G, Samaranayaka A, Gardner D, deGraaf B, Wyeth EH, et al. (2020) Risk and protective factors for post-traumatic stress among New Zealand military personnel: A cross sectional study.





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