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Psychological distress for 20.5% of armed forces

12th November 2010

Research conducted by King’s College London has revealed that one in five members of the armed forces experience psychological distress while on deployment.

Researchers studied 611 personnel based at eight locations in Iraq at the beginning of this year and found that 20.5% showed signs of psychological distress and 3.4% had probable post-traumatic stress disorder. They found personnel who were young, female, in the army, and of junior rank were most at risk and those who reported sick for any reason were also more likely to have symptoms of psychological distress.

 

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