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Accession Number ADA583963
Title Preventing Health Damaging Behaviors in Male and Female Army Recruits.
Publication Date Aug 2013
Media Count 39p
Personal Author C. B. Boyer
Abstract Health damaging behaviors of young military personnel are reflections of health problems facing all young people in the United States. Military life presents opportunities and challenges that may both protect and place young troops at risk for health damaging behaviors. Challenges for maintaining a healthy armed force include high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unintended pregnancies (UIPs), misuse of alcohol/substances, and personal sexual violence defined as violence within one s personal (dating or marital) relationships. The common thread through these negative health outcomes is volitional behavior. Such behaviors do not only result in illness or injury, but also negatively impact performance of military duties and threaten military readiness. Despite military leadership in setting standards and policies regarding professional behavior and universal health care for preventing and eliminating such negative health outcomes, many health problems remain. Building on our previous military research, we developed and implemented a cognitivebehavioral, skills-building intervention to prevent and reduce young troops' risk for STIs, UIPs, alcohol/substance misuse, and personal sexual violence. This research also aimed to establish the best training practices for educating young troops about health issues that impact military performance and readiness. Finally, this research has direct implications for health promotion and disease prevention education strategies designed to reach military men and women early in their careers.
Keywords Alcohols
Army personnel
Disease prevention
Education and intervention
Health promotion
Infectious diseases
Medical services
Military operations
Military personnel
Military research
Operational readiness
Preventive medicine
Sexual harassment
Sti(Sexually transmitted infections)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 57E - Clinical Medicine
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
57F - Cytology, Genetics, & Molecular Biology
57K - Microbiology
Corporate Author California Univ., San Francisco.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept. 1 Jan 2004-31 Jul 2013.
NTIS Issue Number 1402
Contract Number W81XWH-04-1-0159

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