An Exploratory Examination of Risk-Taking Behavior and Symptom Severity in a Veteran Sample
permalinkMilitary Medicine - 2012-04-01Strom TQ, Leskela J, James L, Thuras PD, Voller E, Weigel R, Yutsis M, Khaylis A, Lindbery J, Holz KB10.7205/MILMED-D-11-00133
The present study conducted an exploratory examination of the relationship between self-reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and an expanded definition of risk-taking behaviors among 395 veterans at a large Midwestern Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms were associated with elevated rates of substance use, thrill seeking, aggression, risky sexual practices, and firearm possession. Results indicated that suicidal ideation and aggressive driving behavior were among the most frequently reported. The present findings hold significant public health implications and highlight the need to attend to risk-taking behaviors in treatment planning.