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Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 80, Issue 1, pp 41–53 | Cite as

Mental Health and Other Risk Factors for Jail Incarceration Among Male Veterans

  • Greg A. Greenberg
  • Robert A. Rosenheck
Original Paper

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.

Keywords

Veterans Mental health Incarceration Sociodemographic Jail 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research, Education and Clinical CenterVA New England Mental IllnessWest HavenUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryYale University School of Epidemiology and Public HealthNew HavenUSA

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