Post-traumatic stress disorder and health risk behaviors among Afghanistan and Iraq War veterans attending college

Rachel Widome, Shannon M. Kehle, Kathleen F. Carlson, Melissa Nelson Laska, Ashley Gulden, Katherine Lust

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Abstract

Objective: To determine if posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with health risk behaviors among Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans attending college. Method: Using 2008 Boynton College Student Health Survey data, we tested associations between self-reported PTSD diagnosis and self-reported risk behaviors (n=406). Results: We found PTSD diagnosis to be significantly associated with reporting involvement in a physical fight in the past year (ARR = 3.1; 95% CI: 2.2, 4.4) and marginally associated with highrisk drinking (ARR = 1.3; 95% CI: 1.1, 1.6). However, no association was seen between PTSD and the tobacco use and other safety behaviors that we examined. Conclusion: PTSD is likely a factor that contributes to the relationship between military service and certain health risk behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-392
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Health behaviors
  • OEF/OIF
  • Tobacco
  • Veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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