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J Clin Psychol. 2018 Jul;74(7):1258-1271. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22594. Epub 2018 Mar 12.

Patterns of psychological health problems and family maltreatment among United States Air Force members.

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1
New York University.
2
The Ohio State University.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We sought to identify subgroups of individuals based on patterns of psychological health problems (PH; e.g., depressive symptoms, hazardous drinking) and family maltreatment (FM; e.g., child and partner abuse).

METHOD:

We analyzed data from very large surveys of United States Air Force active duty members with romantic partners and children.

RESULTS:

Latent class analyses indicated six replicable patterns of PH problems and FM. Five of these classes, representing ∼98% of survey participants, were arrayed ordinally, with increasing risk of multiple PH problems and FM. A sixth group defied this ordinal pattern, with pronounced rates of FM and externalizing PH problems, but without correspondingly high rates/levels of internalizing PH problems.

CONCLUSIONS:

Ramifications of these results for intervention are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

United States Air Force; child abuse; latent class analysis; partner abuse; psychological health

PMID:
29528487
DOI:
10.1002/jclp.22594

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