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Mental health outcomes and alcohol consumption among UK military spouses/partners: a comparison with women in the general population

Background: Military families can experience unique stressors that may contribute towards poorer well-being among the spouses/partners of Service personnel. However, there is little UK research regarding mental health or alcohol consumption among this population. Objective: This study examined mental health…

Veteran resilience following combat-related amputation

Introduction: Amputation following combat-related injury places substantial stress on sur vivors and their spouses. The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of combat-related amputation among military Veterans and explore pathways to resilient behaviours. Methods: This qualitative study…

Physical activity and mental distress among Veteran cancer survivors with heart disease and diabetes

Introduction: Mental distress frequently develops in sufferers of chronic diseases, including cancer. We examined the association between physical activity and mental distress among Veteran cancer survivors with heart disease or diabetes. Methods: Data for American military Veteran cancer survivors (n…

Examining physical health conditions and associations of pain, obesity, and function of UK Veterans diagnosed with PTSD and other mental health conditions

Introduction: Little is known about the physical health conditions experienced by United Kingdom (UK) military Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health diagnoses. We aimed to explore the prevalence of self-reported physical health complaints and health behaviours…

Examination of the effects of impulsivity and risk-taking propensity on alcohol use in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans

Introduction: A strong association between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and problematic alcohol use has been demonstrated among Veteran populations exposed to combat trauma. Several traits, such as higher levels of risk-taking propensity (RTP) and impulsivity (e.g., negative urgency [NU]), are…

Group identity, difficult adjustment to civilian life, and suicidal ideation in Canadian Armed Forces Veterans: Life After Service Studies 2016

Introduction: Suicide risk is higher in Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Veterans than the Canadian general population (CGP). Suicidality is understood to be caused by incompletely clarified, complex interacting combinations of multiple factors. One of the precipitating factors for suicide is…

Relations between post-deployment divorce/separation and deployment and post-deployment stressors, social support, and symptomatology in Veterans with combat-related PTSD symptoms

Introduction: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a highly prevalent diagnosis in combat Veterans. In addition to reduced quality of life in various domains of functioning, PTSD also is associated with poorer relationships and social support, including marital dissatisfaction and divorce.…

“Stepping up to the plate”: Identifying cultural competencies when providing health care to Canada’s military and veteran families

Introduction: Military family life is characterized by frequent relocations, regular periods of separation, and living with the persistent risk of injury or death of their military family member. The cumulative effects of these life events impact the health and wellness…

DOD Releases Report on Suicide Among Troops, Military Family Members

Suicide is the culmination of complex interactions among biological, social, and psychological factors operating at the individual, community, and societal levels. In recognition of this complexity, the Department of Defense (DoD) continues to implement a comprehensive public health approach to…

Improving the awareness and care of veterans in healthcare services

This article aims to raise awareness of veterans (people who have served in the UK military) who are receiving nursing care. Nurses will often provide care and treatment for veterans, so they should be aware of the potential health needs…