Prevalence and correlates of violent behavior by military service members
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
: 12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Recent news articles have described an epidemic of veterans in trouble with the law, often for violent crimes. Yet behind the headlines, little research has been conducted to examine how common problems controlling violent behavior actually are among military service members or veterans. We conducted a cross-sectional study with a representive sample of current US Reserve and National Guard service members (n = 1,293) to estimate the prevalence of self-reported problems controlling violent behavior in the past year and examine the correlates of these problems. Only 1.6% of women and 3.0% of men reported that they had difficulty controlling violent behavior. We found a higher prevalence of problems with violence among reservists with a high school education or less (6.4%) than among those with a college education (1.6%). We found that individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were more likely to report problems with violence: 17% of individuals with PTSD stemming from deployment-related events reported problems with controlling violent behavior, compared to only 2% of individuals without PTSD. We discuss these findings and their implications for public health.
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Evaluate past research on violence in military service members
Explain how problems controlling violent behavior are a public health problem
Describe the prevalence of problems with violence in Reserve and National Guard service members
Identify the correlates of problems with violence in Reserve and National Guard service members
Keyword(s): Veterans, War
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