TITLE

Screening for Psychological Illness in Military Personnel

AUTHOR(S)
Rona, Roberto J.; Hyams, Kenneth C.; Wessely, Simon
PUB. DATE
March 2005
SOURCE
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;3/9/2005, Vol. 293 Issue 10, p1257
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Reviews the current evidence to determine what prerequisites are necessary to provide a firm basis for implementing a military psychological screening program. Discussion of the calls to implement screening of military personnel to identify those at risk of future psychiatric injury before deployment and to identify those with psychological problems on their return home; Report that the United States and Australia have taken steps toward implementing deployment-related screening; Costs and potential adverse effects of screening; Criteria for implementing a screening program to detect psychological morbidity in the military; Reluctance of soldiers to seek help for psychological illnesses due to concerns of confidentiality, stigmatization and career prospects; Report that written questionnaires to detect psychological illness have not been proven to be effective in civilian populations; Possibility that the stigmatization of a veteran's health could harm their civilian life.
ACCESSION #
16336284

 

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