Accession Number:

ADA609268

Title:

Reintegrating Troops with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) into Their Communities: Understanding the Scope and Timeline of Post-Deployment Driving Problems

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept. 15 Sep 2013-31 Aug 2014

Corporate Author:

MINNESOTA UNIV MINNEAPOLIS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

This study examines the extent to which combat driving behaviors and anxieties are carried-over into driving on American roads post-deployment from service in Operation Enduring FreedomOperation Iraqi FreedomOperation New Dawn OEFOIFOND and to compare such behaviors in Service Members SMs who have and have not served in these combat operations and who do and do not have traumatic brain injury TBI. The study has received surveys from 44 Service Members SMs no diagnosis n6, TBI n12, PTSD n7, and dual diagnosis TBIPTSD n19, and from an additional 28 familyfriends matched to SMs. Even in this small sample SMs with TBIPTSD have significantly worse carryover of combat driving behaviors and driving related anxieties onto US roads. SMs with TBI and TBIPTSD carry significantly more weapons in their personal vehicles and the two most commonly carried are also the most lethal gun and knife. Family and friends appear to be aware that driving behavior and driving related anxieties are an issue, but tend to underestimate their severity.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE