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Female veterans of the OEF/OIF conflict: Concordance of PTSD symptoms and substance misuse

Nunnink, Sarah ; Goldwaser, Gali ; Heppner, Pia ; Pittman, James ; Nievergelt, Caroline ; Baker, Dewleen

Addictive Behaviors, Jul 2010, Vol.35(7), p.655 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Female veterans of the OEF/OIF conflict: Concordance of PTSD symptoms and substance misuse
  • Author: Nunnink, Sarah ; Goldwaser, Gali ; Heppner, Pia ; Pittman, James ; Nievergelt, Caroline ; Baker, Dewleen
  • Description: This study examined the post-deployment rates of comorbid PTSD and substance abuse in a cohort of female veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF). Female OEF/OIF veterans and reservists (N = 36) completed a battery of assessments as part of a larger study. Of the 36 participants, 11 (31%) screened positive for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 17 (47%) screened positive for high-risk drinking and 2 (6%) screened positive for drug abuse. Higher scores on measures of alcohol and drug use predicted positive PTSD status (p ≤ 0.01) and alcohol misuse was significant in explaining unique variance of PTSD status (p ≤ 0.05). Our findings suggest a trend toward increased problematic drinking among female OEF/OIF veterans and reservists and a relationship between substance misuse and PTSD. Future research should investigate needs for gender-specific PTSD and substance-abuse treatment needs. [PUBLICATION ]
  • Is Part Of: Addictive Behaviors, Jul 2010, Vol.35(7), p.655
  • Identifier: ISSN: 03064603 ; E-ISSN: 18736327
  • Subjects: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ; Veterans ; Females ; Drug Abuse ; Military Engagements
  • Language: English

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