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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 213-218

Quantification Of Stressful Life Events In Service Personnel


1 Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune-411 040, India
2 Scientist, Department of Psychiatry, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune-411 040, India
3 Reader, Department of Psychiatry, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune-411 040, India

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M.S.V.K Raju
Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune-411 040
India
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The role of stressful life events in the etiology of various disorders has been of interest to investigators attempting to establish a link between stressful life events and disorders. None of the available scales are relevant to service personnel. In the present study an attempt was made to construct a scale to measure stressful life events in service personnel. In the first stage of study open-ended questions along with items generated by the expert group by consensus method were administered to 50 soldiers. During the second stage the scale comprising of 59 items was administered in group setting to 165 service personnel. Weightage was assigned on 0-100 range Frequency of occurrence of life events within past one year and lifetime was also noted. Findings revealed that service personnel experience more number of life events within a year as well as in lifetime. Some general items, which are common to civilians are having consistency of weightage being assigned. There is a pattern of uniformity with the civilian counterparts along with differences in the items specific to service personnel.



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