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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and the Casual Link to Crime: A Looming National Tragedy   [open pdf - 383KB]

From the monograph's abstract: "Soldiers returning from service in the Global War on Terror may experience a high incidence of varying degrees of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As such, the military leadership and society in general must, therefore, develop an in-depth understanding of PTSD and the effects that a high occurrence of this disorder in veterans and serving personnel will have on our society. The purpose of this paper is to investigate if there is a correlation between PTSD and criminal behavior in soldiers that have been incarcerated after returning from the GWOT [Global War on Terrorism] and to determine the obligations of the U.S. government/DoD [Department of Defense] to prevent, treat, and/or mitigate the problem. This study includes data collected, examined and analyzed from three primary sources. First, an existing study on PTSD and criminal behavior by James J. Collins and Susan L. Bailey which examines the correlation between PTSD and criminal behavior primarily in 1140 non-veteran North Carolina inmates. This study is included to establish whether a general causal link exists between PTSD and an incidence of violent criminal behavior."

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2008-04?
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Combined Arms Research Library (CARL) Digital Library: http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/
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