+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Psychological morbidity, quality of life, and self-rated health in the military personnel



Psychological morbidity, quality of life, and self-rated health in the military personnel



Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment 10: 329-338



The mental health of military personnel varies as a result of different cultural, political, and administrative factors. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychological morbidity and quality of life of military personnel in Taiwan. This cross-sectional study utilized the World Health Organization Quality of Life Instrument, brief version, Taiwan version, the General Health Questionnaire-12, Chinese version, and the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) in several military units. More than half of the subjects (55.3%) identified themselves as mentally unhealthy on the General Health Questionnaire-12, Chinese version; however, a higher percentage of officers perceived themselves as healthy (57.4%) than did noncommissioned officers (38.5%) or enlisted men (42.2%). Officers also had higher total quality of life (QOL) scores (83.98) than did enlisted men (79.67). Scores on the VAS also varied: officers: 72.5; noncommissioned officers: 67.7; and enlisted men: 66.3. The VAS and QOL were positively correlated with perceived mental health among these military personnel. Our subjects had higher rates of perceiving themselves as mentally unhealthy compared to the general population. Those of higher rank perceived themselves as having better mental health and QOL. Improving mental health could result in a better QOL in the military. The VAS may be a useful tool for the rapid screening of self-reported mental health, which may be suitable in cases of stressful missions, such as in disaster rescue; however, more studies are needed to determine the optimal cut-off point of this measurement tool.

Please choose payment method:






(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 055272181

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 24570587

DOI: 10.2147/NDT.S57531


Related references

Psychological morbidity, quality of life and their correlations among military health care workers in Taiwan. Industrial Health 47(6): 626-634, 2010

Associations between Symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorders, Quality of Life and Psychological States in Asian Military Personnel. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation 2018, 2018

The effect of job strain on psychological morbidity and quality of life in military hospital nurses in Taiwan: a follow-up study. Industrial Health 51(4): 443-451, 2014

Health-related quality of life in Gulf War era military personnel. American Journal of Epidemiology 155(10): 899-907, 2002

Self-rated health and subsequent health care use among military personnel returning from international deployments. Military Medicine 169(2): 128-133, 2004

Health-related quality of life of U.S. military personnel: a population-based study. Military Medicine 168(11): 941-947, 2003

The validity of self-rated health as a measure of health status among young military personnel: evidence from a cross-sectional survey. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 4: 57, 2006

A complex psychological assessment of health care quality of medical personnel and quality of life of four generation of Ukrainians. Likars'ka Sprava 2009(3-4): 123-135, 2009

Blast-related mild traumatic brain injury is associated with a decline in self-rated health amongst US military personnel. Injury 43(12): 1990-1995, 2013

Health-related quality of life among US military personnel injured in combat: findings from the Wounded Warrior Recovery Project. Quality of Life Research 27(5): 1393-1402, 2018

Peculiarities of mental disorders and evaluation of life quality in military personnel wounded in local military conflicts. Voenno-Meditsinskii Zhurnal 332(2): 21-25, 2011

Quality of life and health-services utilization in a population-based sample of military personnel reporting multiple chemical sensitivities. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 41(10): 928-933, 1999

Impact of childhood maltreatment on physical health-related quality of life in U.S. active duty military personnel and combat veterans. Child Abuse and Neglect 38(8): 1382-1388, 2015

Psychological morbidity and health-related quality of life after injury: multicentre cohort study. Quality of Life Research 26(5): 1233-1250, 2016

Psychological health of Gulf War-era military personnel. Military Medicine 161(5): 257-261, 1996