This study investigates how the severity of PTSD symptoms relates to employment and earnings. It found that veterans with more severe symptoms of PTSD were more likely to work part-time or not at all rather than have full-time work. In practice, treating PTSD, even if some symptoms remain, could result in better employment outcomes for veterans. In policy, policymakers should consider providing previously successful programs focused on veterans with PTSD for individuals with other mental health conditions. Suggestions for future research include a large, controlled, longitudinal survey that would allow researchers to investigate more thoroughly how PTSD symptoms relate to employment, as well as including more diverse groups of veterans with PTSD.
Smith, M. W., Schnurr, P. P., & Rosenheck, R. A. (2005). Employment outcomes and PTSD symptom severity. Mental Health Services Research, 7(2), 89–101. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11020-005-3780-2
Mental Disorders | Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Employment, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Veterans' hospitals and mental health services, Income, Research brief
Mental health services; Post-traumatic stress disorder
Employment and Economic Opportunity
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Employment Outcomes and PTSD Symptom Severity"" (2012). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 342.
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