Mental health and other risk factors for jail incarceration among male veterans

Psychiatr Q. 2009 Mar;80(1):41-53. doi: 10.1007/s11126-009-9092-8. Epub 2009 Jan 28.

Abstract

Data derived from the 2002 Survey of Inmates in Local Jails and the 2000 National Survey of Veterans show that having mental health problems in addition to such sociodemographic characteristics as being a member of a minority group, not being married, having less education, and being younger are risk factors for incarceration among veterans, as they are for the general population. As in previous studies veterans who served during the Vietnam Era and to an even greater extent, those who served in the early years of the All Volunteer Force were at greater risk of incarceration than veterans from the most recent period of the AVF, after controlling for age and other factors.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Blacks / psychology
  • Blacks / statistics & numerical data
  • Combat Disorders / epidemiology
  • Combat Disorders / ethnology
  • Crime / ethnology
  • Crime / psychology
  • Crime / statistics & numerical data
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Data Collection
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Hispanic or Latino / ethnology
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Mental Disorders / ethnology
  • Middle Aged
  • Prisons / statistics & numerical data*
  • Risk Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States
  • Veterans / psychology*
  • Veterans / statistics & numerical data
  • Vietnam Conflict
  • Violence / ethnology
  • Violence / psychology
  • Violence / statistics & numerical data
  • Whites / psychology
  • Whites / statistics & numerical data