Journal article

The impact of potentially traumatic events on the mental health of males who have served in the military: Findings from the Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing

Darryl Wade, Louise Mewton, Tracey Varker, Andrea Phelps, David Forbes

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The study investigated the impact of potentially traumatic events on mental health outcomes among males who had ever served in the Australian Defence Force. METHOD: Data from a nationally representative household survey of Australian residents, the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, were used for this study. RESULTS: Compared with community members, Australian Defence Force males were significantly more likely to have experienced not only deployment and other war-like events but also accidents or other unexpected events, and trauma to someone close. For non-deployed males, Australian Defence Force members were at increased risk of accidents or other unexpected ev..

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