TitleMental Health Symptoms Among Student Service Members/Veterans and Civilian College Students.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsPhibbs, S, Branscum, AJ, Bovbjerg, VE, Thorburn, S
JournalJournal of American college health : J of ACH
Date Published2014 Nov 14

Abstract 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 (OR = 0.46, adjusted p-value <0.05) compared to civlian 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.