The Effects Of Exposure On Early Adulthood And Trauma Related Reminiscences, Memories, Feelings, Or Symptoms
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The question that this study is trying to answer is: what is the correlation between “combat exposure in early adulthood and trauma-related reminiscences, memories, feelings, or symptoms occurring in the context of normative stressors, transitions, and losses later in life.” (Davison, Pless,
Gugliucci, King, King, Salgado, Spiro and Bachrach, pp. 84-114). The authors of this paper thought it was important to research late onset stress symptoms (LOSS) because as the baby boomers age there is a need for proper diagnosis of symptoms related to LOSS compared to PTSD. Late onset stress symptoms
(LOSS) is a term coined by the authors of the paper, they found there were differences in PTSD compared to LOSS because LOSS occurs when the veteran is older and has not shown signs of destress until this point in their lives. The authors defined loss as, “a phenomenon among older veterans who (a) were exposed to highly stressful combat conditions in their early adult years; (b) have functioned successfully over the course of their lives, with no histories of chronic stress-related disorders; but (c) begin to register increased combat-related thoughts, feelings, reminiscences, memories, or symptoms commensurate with the changes of the aging process 30, 40, or even 50 years after their combat experiences.” ((Davison,
Pless, Gugliucci, King, King, Salgado, Spiro and Bachrach, pp. 84-114).
Research in regards to LOSS and PTSD is so important because in 1996, of men ranging in age from 70 to