Ohio Army National Guard Mental Health Initiative: Risk and Resilience Factors for Combat-Related Posttraumatic Psychopathology and Post Combat Adjustment
Annual rept. 28 Sep 2010-27 Sep 2011
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF CLEVELAND OH
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The general objective of the Ohio Army National Guard Mental Health Initiative is to support a series of projects that evaluate the relationships between resilience and risk factors, both cross-sectionally and longitudinally, before, during, and after deployment in the Ohio Army National Guard. The primary project collects long-term data on a random representative sample of up to 3,000 service members of the OANG, both treatment seeking and non-treatment seeking. Research visits are conducted at study entry and every 12 months for 10 years. Over the past year, five data analyses have been completed with three manuscripts currently under peer review, and six analyses in process. The investigators have focused analyses upon suicide and suicidal ideation, amongst others. Among veterans with war-related traumatic events, having PTSD was minimally associated with suicidal ideation, adjusting for history of mental illness and other covariates AOR 0.943, 95 CI 0.253 3.52. In contrast, there was an adjusted association between PTSD status and suicidal ideation among veterans with civilian traumatic events AOR 4.47, 95 CI 2.04 9.82, and association persisted when the analysis was limited to assaultive events only AOR 15.1, 95 CI 3.14 72.3. This highlights that suicide rates in the army may not be linked to increased rates of PTSD from returning OIF and OEF veterans.