Post-Deployment Mental Health Screening Instruments: How Good Are They?
ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT EUROPE
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The U.S. military has been conducting psychological screening of deploying and redeploying troops for a number of years for early identification of service members at risk for mental health problems. Currently research is being conducted to assess the validity of the clinical domains included on the screening instrument. As part of this systematic assessment, a blind validation study was conducted in March 2004 with soldiers returning from a year long deployment to Iraq. The results of this study are summarized for each clinical domain, detailing the development of a short, but valid and comprehensive screening instrument.
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