The mental health of partners of Australian Vietnam veterans three decades after the war and its relation to veterans military service, combat and PTSD

O'Toole, Brian I., Outram, Sue, Catts, Stanley V. and Pierse, Katherine R. (2010) The mental health of partners of Australian Vietnam veterans three decades after the war and its relation to veterans military service, combat and PTSD. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198 11: 841-845. doi:10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181f98037


Author O'Toole, Brian I.
Outram, Sue
Catts, Stanley V.
Pierse, Katherine R.
Title The mental health of partners of Australian Vietnam veterans three decades after the war and its relation to veterans military service, combat and PTSD
Journal name The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-3018
1539-736X
Publication date 2010-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181f98037
Volume 198
Issue 11
Start page 841
End page 845
Total pages 5
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract This study assessed psychiatric diagnoses in female partners of Australian Vietnam veterans, compared these with national Australian population statistics, and assessed their relationship with veterans' military service and mental health. Independent assessments of 240 veteran-partner couples used standardized physical and psychiatric diagnostic interviews that permitted comparison with Australian population data. Multivariate regression modeling examined associations of veterans' war service, combat, and psychiatric status with women's mental health. Anxiety disorders and severe recurrent depression were among 11 of 17 psychiatric diagnoses that were significantly in excess of population expectations. Veterans' combat and post-traumatic stress disorder were significant predictors of women's depressive disorder, particularly severe depression. We conclude that veterans' war service and mental health sequelae including post-traumatic stress disorder are associated with higher rates of mental disorder in their female partners 3 decades after the war. © 2010 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Keyword Women's health
Depression
Vietnam veterans
Epidemiology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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