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The Effect of OEF/OIF Deployment Intensity on the Rate of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Active Duty Population


  • Yu-Chu Shen
  • Jeremy Arkes
  • Boon Wah Kwan
  • Lai Yee Tan
  • Thomas V. Williams


This study estimates the effect of deployment location and length on the risk of developing PTSD, relative to what it would be from the normal military operations. We use a random sample of activity-duty enlisted personnel serving between 2001 and 2006. We identify PTSD cases from TRICARE medical records and link deployment information from Contingent Tracking System. Comparing to those in other duties around the world, deployment to Iraq/Afghanistan increases the odds of developing PTSD substantially, with the largest effect observed for the Navy (OR=9.06, p

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  • Yu-Chu Shen & Jeremy Arkes & Boon Wah Kwan & Lai Yee Tan & Thomas V. Williams, 2009. "The Effect of OEF/OIF Deployment Intensity on the Rate of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Active Duty Population," NBER Working Papers 15203, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:15203
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    1. Prigerson, H.G. & Maciejewski, P.K. & Rosenheck, R.A., 2002. "Population attributable fractions of psychiatric disorders and behavioral outcomes associated with combat exposure among US men," American Journal of Public Health, American Public Health Association, vol. 92(1), pages 59-63.
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    1. Martin Bøg & Trine Filges & Anne Marie Klint Jørgensen, 2018. "Deployment of personnel to military operations: impact on mental health and social functioning," Campbell Systematic Reviews, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 14(1), pages 1-127.
    2. Cesur, Resul & Sabia, Joseph J. & Tekin, Erdal, 2013. "The psychological costs of war: Military combat and mental health," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 51-65.

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