The psychological risks of Vietnam: the NVVRS perspective.

Journal Article

In recent years, controversy concerning the psychological consequences of service in the Vietnam war has rearisen. In this article, the Co-Principal Investigators of the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS) provide a perspective on new findings reported by B. P. Dohrenwend et al. (2006) that addresses criticisms of the NVVRS PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) prevalence findings, and on a perspective that was provided by R. J. McNally (2006) in an accompanying commentary. They find that Dohrenwend et al.'s study, which evaluated empirically a variety of the critics' alternative explanations and found little support for any of them, represents a landmark contribution to the trauma field. However, they found that McNally's commentary misrepresented the history and context of the NVVRS, and then misinterpreted Dohrenwend et al.'s findings and their importance.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schlenger, WE; Kulka, RA; Fairbank, JA; Hough, RL; Jordan, BK; Marmar, CR; Weiss, DS

Published Date

  • August 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 467 - 479

PubMed ID

  • 17721970

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0894-9867

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jts.20264

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States