Documented Combat-Related Mental Health Problems in Military Noncombatants

Peterson, A. L., Wong, V., Haynes, M. F., Bush, A. C., & Schillerstrom, J. E.
Dec 6, 2010

Journal of Traumatic Stress. 23(6), 674-681.

Although combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been documented for military combatants, little is known about PTSD in noncombatants. Active-duty U.S. Air Force noncombatants (N = 5,367) completed a Post-Deployment Health Assessment upon return from combat zones in Iraq (n = 4,408) or a noncombat zone in Qatar (n = 959). Those deployed to Iraq were significantly more likely to report exposure to someone who was wounded or killed (20.8% vs. 6.3%), feeling in great danger of being killed at some point during deployment (18.9% vs. 3.5%), symptoms of PTSD (4.1% vs. 0.7%), and symptoms of major depression (9.9% vs. 5.4%).These findings suggest that deployment to a war zone is associated with increased mental health problems, even for noncombatants.

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