|Title||Mental Health Symptoms Among Student Service Members/Veterans and Civilian College Students.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Phibbs, S, Branscum, AJ, Bovbjerg, VE, Thorburn, S|
|Journal||J Am Coll Health|
|Keywords||Adult, Anxiety, Cross-Sectional Studies, Depression, Female, Humans, Male, Mental Disorders, Self Report, Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic, Students, United States, Universities, Veterans|
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate if and to what extent student service members/veterans differ from civilian college students in the prevalence of self-reported symptoms of poor mental health.
PARTICIPANTS: The Fall 2011 implementation of the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment included 27,774 respondents from 44 colleges and universities.
METHODS: Participants were matched using propensity scores, and the prevalence of symptoms was compared using logistic regression and zero-inflated negative binomial regression models.
RESULTS: The odds of feeling overwhelmed in the last 12 months were significantly lower among student service members/veterans with a history of hazardous duty (odd ratio [OR] = 0.46, adjusted p value <.05) compared with civilian students. Military service, with and without hazardous duty deployment, was not a significant predictor of the total number of symptoms of poor mental health.
CONCLUSIONS: Current student service members/veterans may not be disproportionately affected by poor psychological functioning.
|Alternate Journal||J Am Coll Health|