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Military Health

  • By: Katheryn C. Maguire
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Since World War I, researchers and military commanders have focused on health issues related to service members and their families. Military health issues, particularly as a result of wartime deployment, are of concern to a wide variety of constituencies. At the individual level, service members must demonstrate physical and mental fitness to be allowed into service, and must maintain good health to remain in service.

During wartime deployments, however, they face physical and psychological harm as a result of their duties. For every service member, there are romantic partners, family, and friends that provide support and suffer the consequences of worry over the service member's health and safety while he or she is at war. These families are situated within communities that try to come together ...

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