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Am J Health Behav. 2011 Jul;35(4):387-92.

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

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  • 1Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research and AssistantProfessor, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA. chel@umn.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine if post-traumatic 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.

PMID:
22040585
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PMCID:
PMC3582213
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