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Table 3 Traumatic exposures reported by Bougainville and East Timor Veterans

From: Traumatic events, other operational stressors and physical and mental health reported by Australian Defence Force personnel following peacekeeping and war-like deployments

Traumatic exposureB Bougainville (n = 1793) East Timor (n = 1432)  
Prevalence Prevalence  
n (%) n (%) p- valueA
Danger of being killed 954 (53) 1022 (71) <0.001
Danger of being injured 1028 (58) 1024 (72) <0.001
Handled dead bodies 289 (16) 404 (28) 0.02
Saw dead bodies 472 (27) 689 (49) <0.001
Heard of a close friend or co-worker, injured or killed 353 (20) 430 (30) 0.35
Present when a close friend or co-worker, injured or killed 164 (9) 184 (13) 1
You feared that you had been exposed to a contagious disease, toxic agent or injury 672 (38) 430 (31) 0.003
You were witness to human degradation and misery on a large scale 454 (26) 818 (58) <0.001
You heard of a loved one injured or killed 189 (11) 178 (13) 0.13
You were present when a loved one was injured or killed 40 (2) 36 (3) 0.44
You believe your actions or inaction resulted in someone being seriously injured 72 (4) 103 (7) 0.81
You believe your actions or inaction resulted in someone being killed 50 (3) 74 (5) 0.27
  1. AChi-squared or Fisher’s exact test comparing the proportions exposed.