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author:(Robert bossart)
1.  Prevalence, Correlates, and Symptom Profiles of Depression among Men with a History of Military Service 
Purpose
The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence, correlates, and symptom profiles of depressive disorders in men with a history of military service.
Methods
Data was obtained from the 2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey. Multivariable logistic regressions were used to identify correlates of lifetime and current depression. Regularly occurring symptom profiles were identified via cluster analysis.
Results
Prevalence of lifetime and current depression was similar in men with and without a history of military service. Lifetime diagnosis was positively associated with younger age and negatively associated with black minority status, married or cohabitation, and self-reported good health. Current depression was positively associated with other minority status (non-Hispanic non-black) and negatively associated with older age, some college, being in a relationship, and self-reported good health. A cluster of younger men who experience significant depressive symptoms but may not report depressed mood or anhedonia was identified.
Conclusions
Depression is as prevalent in men with a history of military service as it is in men without a history. Research should examine subpopulations of men with a history of military service in which depression may be more prevalent or burdensome. Younger men with significant depressive symptoms may be missed by standard depression screens and still be at elevated risk for negative outcomes associated with depressive disorders.
doi:10.1007/s00127-010-0226-y
PMCID: PMC5064430  PMID: 20652680
Depression; Prevalence; Military Personnel; Veterans

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