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Study: Men with troubled childhoods may seek refuge in the military

Study: Men with troubled childhoods may seek refuge in the military

Men who enlisted in the U.S. military over the last four decades are more than twice as likely as the those in the general population to have been sexually abused as children and to have grown up around domestic violence and substance abuse, a new study has found. The analysis showed that the differences did not exist before the end of the draft in 1973 and the beginning of the all-volunteer force. Experts said the findings, published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, should be of concern to the military, given the well-established association between childhood trauma and mental health problems. The military has been struggling with surges in suicide, depression and post-traumatic stress...

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