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Suemer, Nebi
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Citation Formats
H. C. Suemer and N. Suemer, “Personality and mental health: How related are they within the military context?,” MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY, pp. 161–174, 2007, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: