Risk factors for mental ill health in UK Army personnel: an overview

Ross, D., Mackay, D.F. and Bergman, B.P. (2021) Risk factors for mental ill health in UK Army personnel: an overview. BMJ Military Health, (doi: 10.1136/bmjmilitary-2020-001679) (PMID:33911013) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Women in the UK military are more commonly diagnosed with a mental health disorder than men, but the reasons for this difference are not fully understood. This literature review identifies the risk factors for mental ill health in military personnel before serving, during service and as a veteran. The interaction of risk factors is complex and, in some cases, may be synergistic, such as experiencing adverse events in childhood and exposure to combat. Identification of risk factors allows further research to better understand differences between men and women, and the impact of these risk factors on army personnel. In turn this will inform better preventive strategies, which could be targeted at the primary, secondary or tertiary levels.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bergman, Dr Beverly and Mackay, Professor Daniel and Ross, David
Authors: Ross, D., Mackay, D.F., and Bergman, B.P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:BMJ Military Health
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:2633-3767
ISSN (Online):2633-3775
Published Online:28 April 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in BMJ Military Health 2021
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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