Exploring Demographics and Health as Predictors of Risk-Taking in UK Help-Seeking Veterans
AbstractRisk-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
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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.
Ashwick R, Syed S, Murphy D. Exploring Demographics and Health as Predictors of Risk-Taking in UK Help-Seeking Veterans. Healthcare. 2018; 6(2):58.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ashwick, Rachel; Syed, Shabeer; Murphy, Dominic. 2018. "Exploring Demographics and Health as Predictors of Risk-Taking in UK Help-Seeking Veterans." Healthcare 6, no. 2: 58.
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