The RAND Online Measure Repository for Evaluating Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Programs. The RAND Toolkit, Volume 2
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Our nation s all-volunteer military force continues to endure the longest era of conflict in its history. The past decade has been characterized by frequent deployments and exposure to combat-related trauma, which have increased the risk of postdeployment psychological health problems among the more than 2.2 million troops that have deployed since 2001 Levin, 2011. Concerns have been raised about the incidence of posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD, major depression, traumatic brain injury TBI, and suicide among returning service members. Research has shown that between 15 and 20 percent of returning service members reported symptoms consistent with current PTSD or major depression. Similarly, about 20 percent reported having experienced a probable TBI while deployed Tanielian and Jaycox, 2008. These medical and psychological health issues affect both service members and their families Tanielian and Jaycox, 2008 Chandra et al., 2010.
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