Ethnic and racial differences in clinically relevant symptoms in active duty military personnel with posttraumatic stress disorder.

Kaczkurkin, A. N, Asnaani, A., Hall-Clark, B., Peterson, A. L., Yarvis, J. S., Foa, E. B., & the STRONG STAR Consortium.
Oct 1, 2016

Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 43, 90-98.

Previous research has shown racial/ethnic differences in Vietnam veterans on symptoms related to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The current study explored racial/ethnic differences in PTSD symptoms and clinically relevant symptoms. Resilience and social support were tested as potential moderators of racial/ethnic differences in symptoms. The sample included 303 active duty male service members seeking treatment for PTSD. After controlling for age, education, military grade, and combat exposure, Hispanic/Latino and African American service members reported greater PTSD symptoms compared to non-Hispanic White service members. Higher alcohol consumption was endorsed by Hispanic/Latino service members compared to non-Hispanic White or African American service members, even after controlling for PTSD symptom severity. No racial/ethnic differences were found with regard to other variables. These results suggest that care should be made to thoroughly assess PTSD patients, especially those belonging to minority groups, for concurrent substance use problems that may impede treatment utilization or adherence.

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