Anger and Hostile Behavior as it Relates to PTSD Symptoms in Afghan and Iraq War Veterans

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With the United States of America being involved in near constant combat for much of the past decade, there have been an increasingly high number of troops returning home with not just physical injuries, but also injuries of the mind. This research article review will examine the study titled “Anger, Hostility, and Aggression Among Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans Reporting PTSD and Subthreshold PTSD” conducted by Matthew Jakupcak, Daniel Conybeare, Lori Phelps, Stephen Hunt, Hollie Holms, Bradford Felker, Michele Klevens and Miles E. McFall of the Veterans Administration (VA) Puget Sound Health System, Seattle Washington. The study was published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, Vol. 20, No.6, December 2007. The main concept of…show more content…
947-948). Jakupcak et al. used a standardized protocol approved by both the University of Washington State and the VA to screen the multiple tours Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans who turned to the Washington State division of the VA during the time period of May 2004 to June 2005 (Jackupcak et al, 2007, p. 947). The subjects who participated in the study were 97% male and over 70% white, and an average age of about 33 years (Jackupcak et al, 2007, p. 947). The average number of years of education was close to 14, indicating mostly enlisted members whom completed some college at most (Jackupcak et al, 2007, p. 947). The sampling also indicated that about half the subjects were married, the other half were either single or divorced (Jackupcak et al, 2007, p. 947). Income levels suggest that 2/3 of participants are Non-Commissioned Officers or above (Jackupcak et al, 2007, p. 947). Approximately 80% of participants are Army or Army National guardsman (Jackupcak et al, 2007, p. 947). The methodology used by the researches consisted of using questionnaires and inventories for each category. Overall the study focused on six categories: Combat exposure, Alcohol Usage, PTSD Signs, Angry, Hostile and Aggressive displays of behavior (Jackupcak et al, 2007, p. 947 - 948). The outcomes of each were to be analyzed to attempt and find a correlation between all the

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