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Life satisfaction and quality in Korean War veterans five decades after the war

Ikin, J.F.; Sim, M; McKenzie, D.P.; Horsley, Keith; Wilson, Eileen; Harrex, Warren; Moore, Michael R; Jelfs, Paul; Henderson, A Scott

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Background: Military service is considered to be a hidden variable underlying current knowledge about wellbeing in the elderly. This study aimed to examine life satisfaction and quality of life in Australia's surviving male Korean War veterans and a community comparison group, and to investigate any association with war deployment-related factors. Methods: Participants completed a postal questionnaire which included the Life Satisfaction Scale, the brief World Health Organization Quality of...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorIkin, J.F.
dc.contributor.authorSim, M
dc.contributor.authorMcKenzie, D.P.
dc.contributor.authorHorsley, Keith
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Eileen
dc.contributor.authorHarrex, Warren
dc.contributor.authorMoore, Michael R
dc.contributor.authorJelfs, Paul
dc.contributor.authorHenderson, A Scott
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:37:41Z
dc.identifier.issn0143-005X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/35629
dc.description.abstractBackground: Military service is considered to be a hidden variable underlying current knowledge about wellbeing in the elderly. This study aimed to examine life satisfaction and quality of life in Australia's surviving male Korean War veterans and a community comparison group, and to investigate any association with war deployment-related factors. Methods: Participants completed a postal questionnaire which included the Life Satisfaction Scale, the brief World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQOL-Bref) questionnaire and the Combat Exposure Scale. Results: Korean War veterans reported significantly lower Percentage Life Satisfaction (PLS) and quality of life scores on four WHOQOL-Bref domains, compared with similarly aged Australian men (each p value <0.001). These outcomes were most strongly associated with severity of combat exposure and low rank. Mean PLS was approximately 15% lower in veterans who reported heavy combat compared with those reporting no combat, and approximately 12% lower in enlisted ranked veterans compared with officers. Conclusions: Fifty years after the Korean War, life satisfaction and quality in Australian veterans is poor relative to other Australian men, and is associated with deployment-related factors including combat severity and low rank. In order to respond effectively to current and projected population health needs, nations with large veteran populations may need to consider the impact of military service on well-being in later life.
dc.publisherBritish Medical Association
dc.sourceJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health
dc.subjectKeywords: elderly population; military application; military government; public health; quality of life; questionnaire survey; survival; war; World Health Organization; aged; aging; article; association; Australia; battle injury; controlled study; human; Korea; lif
dc.titleLife satisfaction and quality in Korean War veterans five decades after the war
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume63
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor111708 - Health and Community Services
local.identifier.ariespublicationu6800332xPUB126
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationIkin, J.F., Monash University
local.contributor.affiliationSim, M, Monash University
local.contributor.affiliationMcKenzie, D.P., Monash University
local.contributor.affiliationHorsley, Keith, Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs
local.contributor.affiliationWilson, Eileen, Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs
local.contributor.affiliationHarrex, Warren, Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs
local.contributor.affiliationMoore, Michael R, University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationJelfs, Paul, Cancer Institute New South Wales
local.contributor.affiliationHenderson, A Scott, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage359
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage365
local.identifier.doi10.1136/jech.2007.061986
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:37:46Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-66149156980
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