Table 2

Adverse childhood experiences of Recruit Assessment Program male responders deployed between September 1, 2001 and June 30, 2004

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Study Sample

N = 8391

%

Postdeployment

PTSDa

N = 226

%


Physical neglectb,c

No

88.5

81.0

Yes

11.0

19.0

Physical abuse

No

96.8

96.0

Yes

3.0

3.1

Emotional neglectb,c

No

93.3

88.9

Yes

6.2

10.6

Emotional abusec

No

92.4

89.4

Yes

7.1

10.2

Domestic violence

No

92.2

89.8

Yes

7.5

9.7

Sexual abuse

No

98.4

97.4

Yes

1.2

1.8

Family history of mental illness or alcohol abuse

No

82.7

83.6

Yes

15.2

15.0

Overall ACEc

None

66.5

61.1

ACE in 1 category

19.6

20.8

ACE in 2 or more categories

11.6

16.4


Abbreviations: ACE = adverse childhood experiences; PTSD = posttraumatic stress disorder.

As a result of missing data, percentages may not sum to 100%.

aDiagnosed with PTSD after returning from first deployment in support of the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and within 2 years of last deployment. Responders with a PTSD diagnosis prior to first deployment are excluded from this model.

bSignificant (p < .05) association with PTSD diagnosis.

cSignificant (p < .05) association with mental health diagnosis.

LeardMann et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:437   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-437

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