New Orleans Cohort Study of Persian Gulf War Veterans - VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)
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New Orleans Cohort Study of Persian Gulf War Veterans

 

Investigator Access

What's available?

Pending

Available Documentation

Pending

Dates Data are Available

Pending

Access Criteria

Pending

Study Characteristics

Objectives

  1. To characterize war-zone stressors associated with deployment to the Persian Gulf War
  2. To document acute and chronic psychological sequelae to war-zone participation, including negative mood states, mental disorders, physical complaints, and cognitive deficits
  3. To identify risk factors predictive of subsequent psychological symptoms and psychopathology, including stressor characteristics and individual differences

Era of Service

Gulf War

Population

Male and female U.S. Army, Marine, Air Force, Navy Reserve, and National Guard soldiers who were mobilized in the Persian Gulf War

Study Design

Prospective cohort

Time Period

1991

Setting

Units returning from deployment to the Gulf War through New Orleans, LA

N

Time 1: 1,520 (data analyses run on 1,272)
Time 2: 349

Response Rate

Information not available

Recruitment Method

Participants recruited from enrollment lists of local military units mobilized for Operation Desert Storm

Compensation

None

Data Collected

  • Demographics
  • Stressor experiences
  • Negative mood states and traits
  • Psychiatric and physical symptoms
  • Symptoms of PTSD
  • Wartime experiences/stressors

Data Collection Methods 

  • Psychiatric interviews
  • Psychological assessment batteries
  • Open-ended questionnaires

Timing of data collection:

  • Initial psychological assessments: average of 9 months after deployed troops returned
  • Follow-up assessments: average of 16 months after initial debriefing

Funding Source

VA Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service
VA Medical Research Award to Jennifer J. Vasterling and Patricia B. Sutker

Contact

Pending

Selected Publication

Brailey K, Vasterling JJ, Sutker PB. Psychological aftermath of participation in the Persian Gulf War. In: Lundberg A, editor. The Environment and Mental Health: A Guide for Clinicians.1 Hillsdale (NJ): Erlbaum; 1998. p. 83–101.

Vasterling JJ, Brailey K, Constans JI, Sutker PB. Attention and memory dysfunction in posttraumatic stress disorder. Neuropsychology. 1998 Jan;12(1):125-33.

Benotsch EG, Brailey K, Vasterling JJ, Uddo M, Constans JI, Sutker PB. War zone stress, personal and environmental resources, and PTSD symptoms in Gulf War veterans: a longitudinal perspective. J Abnorm Psychol. 2000 May;109(2):205-13.

More Information

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