Intimate Partner Aggression Perpetrated and Sustained by Male Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam Veterans With and Without Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, TX, USA.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence (Impact Factor: 1.64). 12/2009; 25(9):1612-30. DOI: 10.1177/0886260509354583
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Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) consistently evidence higher rates of intimate partner aggression perpetration than veterans without PTSD, but most studies have examined rates of aggression among Vietnam veterans several years after their deployment. The primary aim of this study was to examine partner aggression among male Afghanistan or Iraq veterans who served during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and compare this aggression to that reported by Vietnam veterans with PTSD. Three groups were recruited, OEF/OIF veterans with PTSD (n = 27), OEF/OIF veterans without PTSD (n = 31), and Vietnam veterans with PTSD (n = 28). Though only a few comparisons reached significance, odds ratios suggested that male OEF/OIF veterans with PTSD were approximately 1.9 to 3.1 times more likely to perpetrate aggression toward their female partners and 1.6 to 6 times more likely to report experiencing female perpetrated aggression than the other two groups. Significant correlations among reports of violence perpetrated and sustained suggested many men may have been in mutually violent relationships. Taken together, these results suggest that partner aggression among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with PTSD may be an important treatment consideration and target for prevention.

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    • "Furthermore, it has been reported that at least 40% of OEF/OIF veterans indicated they have killed an enemy combatant (Maguen et al., 2010), and combat-related killings predict higher levels of PTSD, anger, alcohol abuse, suicidal ideation, and relationship problems, even after controlling for combat exposure (Maguen et al., 2010, 2011). In light of the high levels of combat exposure that may occur during deployment, it is hardly surprising that returning veterans with PTSD show greater levels of family problems (Allen et al., 2010) and intimate partner aggression than those without PTSD (Teten et al., 2010) and that their partners and children evidence more relationship distress and deploymentrelated psychological problems (Erbes, Meis, Polusny, & Compton , 2011; Gewirtz, Polusny, Degarmo, Khaylis, & Erbes, 2010; Sayers, Farrow, Ross, & Oslin, 2009). "
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    • "Keywords: deployment, relationship satisfaction, partner violence, Navy members There is growing research on intimate partner violence (IPV) among recent-era combat veterans, some of whom have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other serious mental health issues (e.g., LaMotte, Taft, Weatherill, Scott, & Eckhardt, 2014; Rabenhorst et al., 2013; Teten et al., 2010). Although this attention is certainly warranted, noticeably absent are studies that have examined IPV among Navy members. "
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    • "Items were summed to obtain an overall measure of IPV for the family. The CTS2 and its predecessor, the CTS (Straus 1979), are the most widely used measures of violence in research on IPV (Teten et al. 2010). Coefficient alpha for the CTS2 was 0.91, 0.91, and 0.92 at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months, respectively. "
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