Friday, August 8, 2014

Personal characteristics predict PTSD risk

Veterans who enlisted before graduating from high school were at especially high risk of developing chronic PTSD, as were those involved in intimate, close-combat killing. Previous studies have found the same.

Hispanics veterans were three times as likely as whites to develop the disorder, and blacks twice as likely. Those ethnic differences had turned up in other studies as well, though the gap was mostly explained by differences in education and combat exposure — minority soldiers and Marines generally had less education upon enlistment and saw more combat, compared to whites. The new report found that minority veterans were at high risk of developing chronic PTSD even after correcting for education and combat.
--Benedict Carey, NYT, on surprising correlates of trauma