Gambling problems and military- and health-related behaviour in UK Armed Forces veterans

Roberts, Elystan and Dighton, Glen and Fossey, Matt and Hogan, Lee and Kitchiner, Neil and Rogers, Robert D. and Dymond, Simon (2019) Gambling problems and military- and health-related behaviour in UK Armed Forces veterans. Military Behavioral Health. ISSN 2163-5803

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Internationally, problem gambling is elevated in Armed Forces veterans compared to the general population. Here, we re-examined the prevalence of problem gambling in veterans and non-veterans residing in England using an established large dataset and investigated whether gambling was associated with length of service, common mental health disorders, substance abuse, or financial management history. Using the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, 257 post-national service veterans and 514 age- and sex-matched controls were compared. Veterans had significantly higher rates of problem gambling than non-veterans. Male veterans were more likely than non-veterans to have experienced a traumatic event. The relationship between veteran status and problem gambling was not explained by differences in mental health conditions, substance abuse, or financial management. No differences were found for length of service. Further research is required with larger samples targeting problem gambling and Armed Forces experience in the United Kingdom population using contemporary diagnostic criteria.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: gambling, mental health, armed forces, post-national service, veteran
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2019 13:52
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 16:07

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