Center on the Developing Child

Soldiers Enter Military With Higher Rates of Mental Illness

Soldiers entering the U.S. Army have higher rates of mental illness than the general public, according to a study authored by Center-affiliated faculty member Ronald Kessler and other researchers. Because soldiers may develop additional conditions during their service, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, Kessler says they are at increased risk for suicide. Kessler is the McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.

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