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Table 4 Non traumatic stressors on reported by those deployed to Bougainville and East Timor

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

Non traumatic stressor Bougainville (n=1757)   East Timor (n=1401)   
Prevalence Median (IQR)B Prevalence Median (IQR)B  
n (%)   n (%)   p-valueA
Factor 1 - Separation   12 (7)   13 (6) <0.001
Contact with family/friends 957 (55)   777 (56)   0.54
Separation from family/friends 1168 (67)   980 (70)   0.04
Thinking about returning home 781 (45)   707 (51)   <0.001
Isolation from Australia 972 (56)   783 (56)   0.80
Sorting out problems at home 1037 (59)   892 (64)   0.008
Mail service 565 (32)   416 (30)   0.14
Length of deployment 469 (27)   536 (38)   <0.001
Taking leave back in Australia 288 (17)   373 (27)   <0.001
Factor 2 – Different culture   13 (6)   15 (7) <0.001
Working with military of other cultures 356 (20)   500 (36)   <0.001
Threat of danger 998 (57)   933 (67)   0.006
Living in a different culture 539 (31)   482 (35)   0.03
Language barriers 529 (30)   539 (39)   <0.001
Completing deployment’s objectives 527 (30)   520 (37)   <0.001
Your role in the country 451 (26)   438 (31)   <0.001
Risk of vehicle accidents 1004 (57)   990 (71)   <0.001
Isolation from other deployed members 297 (17)   298 (21)   0.002
The overseas organisation 398 (23)   620 (45)   <0.001
Health concerns 799 (46)   721 (52)   <0.001
Taking leave in countries other than Australia 110 (6)   110 (8)   0.06
Factor 3 – Other people   17 (8)   18 (9) <0.001
Living and working with the same people 821 (47)   713 (51)   0.02
Not getting on with others 616 (35)   559 (40)   0.006
Behaviour of others 1046 (60)   971 (70)   <0.001
Personal privacy 787 (45)   648 (46)   0.46
Sorting out disagreements with others 744 (43)   671 (48)   0.002
Boredom 807 (46)   633 (45)   0.71
Living conditions 932 (53)   757 (54)   0.58
Periods of high activity then low/no activity 775 (44)   734 (52)   <0.001
Frustration generally 892 (51)   881 (63)   <0.001
Overload of work 825 (47)   851 (61)   <0.001
Lack of opposite sex company 544 (31)   507 (36)   0.002
Factor 4 – Work frustration   7 (5)   9 (6) <0.001
The Australian military hierarchy 766 (44)   774 (55)   <0.001
Leadership 858 (49)   864 (62)   <0.001
Double standards 835 (48)   879 (63)   <0.001
ADFs lack of concern with deployed troops 663 (38)   570 (41)   0.08
The deployments rules and regulations 689 (39)   711 (51)   <0.001
Risk of unauthorised discharge of weapon 232 (13)   859 (61)   <0.001
  1. AChi-squared comparing the proportions exposed or signed rank test to compare median count of stressors in each factor group
  2. BScore of symptoms in each factor group