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Healthcare 2018, 6(2), 58; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare6020058

Exploring Demographics and Health as Predictors of Risk-Taking in UK Help-Seeking Veterans

Combat Stress, Tyrwhitt House, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 0BX, UK
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Received: 13 May 2018 / Revised: 28 May 2018 / Accepted: 29 May 2018 / Published: 5 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Veterans)
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Risk-taking amongst veterans has severe consequences, yet few studies have examined factors that may predict risk-taking in help-seeking veteran populations. This paper presents a cross-sectional study involving a random sample of 667 UK help-seeking veterans, investigating the role of demographics, mental health and physical health presentations on the propensity for risk-taking. Out of 403 (73.4%) veterans, 350 (86.8%) reported risk-taking in the past month. We found that younger age, being in a relationship, probable PTSD, common mental health difficulties and traumatic brain injury were significantly associated with risk-taking. Additionally, a direct association was found between increased risk-taking and PTSD symptom clusters, including higher hyperarousal, elevated negative alterations in mood and cognition. Our findings provide initial evidence for demographic and mental health presentations as predictors of risk-taking in help-seeking veterans. Further research and longitudinal studies are needed to facilitate valid risk assessments, and early intervention for veteran services. View Full-Text
Keywords: veterans; posttraumatic stress disorder; TBI; risk; alcohol; fighting; driving; mental health veterans; posttraumatic stress disorder; TBI; risk; alcohol; fighting; driving; mental health
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Ashwick, R.; Syed, S.; Murphy, D. Exploring Demographics and Health as Predictors of Risk-Taking in UK Help-Seeking Veterans. Healthcare 2018, 6, 58.

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