Oct 24, 2023
RAND Veterans Policy Research Institute
Serious psychological distress is nearly 3 times higher among female veterans than among male veterans.
Serious psychological distress is more than 6 times higher among veterans aged 18–34 than among veterans aged 65 or above.
Serious psychological distress is 1.4 times higher among multiracial/other race veterans than among White veterans.
Serious psychological distress is more than 2 times higher among gay/lesbian veterans and nearly 3.5 times higher among bisexual veterans than among heterosexual veterans.
SOURCE: National Survey on Drug Use and Health, pooled 2015-2019.
NOTE: Psychological distress is defined as a nonspecific indicator of probable mental health problems severe enough to cause some impairment in social, occupational, or school functioning and to require treatment.
This infographic describes work done in RAND Education and Labor and documented in A Summary of Veteran-Related Statistics, by Eric Robinson, Justin W. Lee, Teague Ruder, Megan S. Schuler, Gilad Wenig, Carrie M. Farmer, Jessica Phillips, and Rajeev Ramchand, RR-A1363-5, 2023 (available at www.rand.org/t/RRA1363-5). To view this infographic online, visit www.rand.org/t/IGA1363-1
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