This study involves the analysis of criminal records to investigate whether deployment, combat, and post-deployment is linked to violent offending among military personnel.
Violent offending by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts is a cause for concern and there is much public debate about the proportion of ex-military personnel in the criminal justice system for violent offences. Although the psychological effects of conflict are well documented, the potential legacy of violent offending has yet to be ascertained. We describe our use of criminal records to investigate the effect of deployment, combat, and post-deployment mental health problems on violent offending among military personnel relative to pre-existing risk factors.
Deirdre MacManus, Kimberlie Dean, Margaret Jones, Roberto J Rona, Neil Greenberg, Lisa Hull, Tom Fahy, Simon Wessely, and Nicola T Fear. "Violent offending by UK military personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan: a data linkage cohort study", The Lancet, 2013, Volume: 381, p.907-17.