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Peacekeeping Missions

According to the United Nations, peacekeeping is “the deployment of a United Nations presence in the field, hitherto with the consent of all the parties concerned, normally involving the United Nations military and/or police personnel and frequently civilians as well” (United Nations, 1992, n.p.). Because of the changing nature of peacekeeping operations in the 1990s and asymmetric operations beginning in the 21st century, documentation of a phenomenon known as peacekeeping stress has been identified among the troops of participating nations. Peacekeepers are a well-studied population with respect to stress. In international samples of peacekeepers, posttraumatic stress disorder is often associated with considerable comorbidity, most frequently depression, anxiety, and alcohol and substance use. Recent studies of peacekeepers found that 32.9% had major depressive disorder, 32.0% had ...

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