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A Comparative Study of Mental Health Prevalence Rates in US/UK Forces

Associate Investigator: Dr Josefin Sundin
Consultants:                     Professor Sir Simon Wessely; 
                                             Professor Neil Greenberg; Professor Nicola Fear; 
                                             Col Paul Bliese, Dr. Lyndon Riviere, 
                                             Dr. Richard Herrell, Dr. Amy Adler, Dr. Charles Hoge

The study is a comparative analysis of United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US) Armed Forces combined data to explore potential reasons why mental health prevalence rates differ in the two countries. The project will include two comparisons between UK and US data, the first is of data collected in-theatre whilst personnel are deployed and the second comparison is of data collected after personnel have returned from deployment.

We will examine UK and US differences in a several health outcomes including rates of self-reported PTSD, alcohol misuse and general health problems. We will also be looking at whether socio-demographic differences or self-reported experiences on deployment, such as combat exposures and perceptions of leadership, morale and cohesion, can explain differences in rates of health problems

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