This study compares the characteristics of positive and negative memories in 610 Danish soldiers across three measurement points (before, during and after deployment). Participants were asked to report the most positive and most negative memory from their lives before deployment, and to report the most positive and most negative memories concerning their deployment (during deployment and right after deployment). The memory narratives were coded by two independent raters for specificity, coherence, and degree of desorganisation. For all three time points, these ratings were compared across time and valence. Further, the relation between level of PTSD symptoms and depression (measured at all three time points) and memory characteristics was explored.
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Clinical Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory, 2012