This brief is about the predictors of mental health diagnoses within a sample of Marines who experienced combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. In policy and practice, support networks should be implemented for servicemembers to share with their peers, clinicians should give female servicemembers and others who have a higher likelihood of developing a mental health disorder after combat information on how to prevent certain psychiatric disorders, and families should know the signs of psychiatric disorders to help servicemembers in their re-adjustment period after deployment. Military branches and policymakers could improve counseling for servicemembers returning from combat and encourage servicemembers to seek help when they feel they have certain psychiatric disorders. Suggestions for future research include determining the factors that lead to more mental disorders among female servicemembers, increasing the sample to include representative samples of female servicemembers, looking at other variables' effects on mental health, and relying on mechanisms besides self-reporting.
Booth-Kewley, S., Schmied, E. A., Highfill-McRoy, R. M. et al. (2013). Predictors of psychiatric disorders in combat veterans. BMC Psychiatry 13(130), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-244X-13-130
Military and Veterans Studies | Psychiatry and Psychology | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Mental health, Military, Veterans, Research brief
Mental health; Soldiers; Veterans; United States
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Predictors of Psychiatric Disorders in Combat Veterans"" (2013). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 294.
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