Study Links PTSD to Higher Risk of Divorce Among Soldiers

Since 2003 about 14 percent of U.S. Army soldiers have been reporting symptoms of post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following deployments. PTSD symptoms have been associated with a higher risk of divorce.  Family support agencies are encouraged to enhance their services for returning soldiers that screen positive for PTSD, according to a recent report titled “Home Front, Post-Deployment Mental Health and Divorces” prepared for the Department of Defense by the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research.  The study examines how symptoms of PTSD or other mental health symptoms are correlated with the probability of divorce among married active duty Army soldiers.