1 Ciência & Saúde Coletiva 2013 Vol: 18(6):. DOI: 10.1590/S1413-81232013000600031

Prevalência de transtornos mentais comuns em jovens brasileiros recém-incorporados ao Serviço Militar Obrigatório e fatores associados

The mental health of the military enlisted in the Armed Forces is an as yet area little explored of research in Brazil. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of common mental disorders (CMD) and associated factors among recently-drafted young Brazilians to mandatory military service: the recruits. A total of 78 young adults participated in the study. The incidence of CMD (dependent variable) were evaluated by the 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12). The tests ?2 (chi-squared) and logistic regression were used to estimate the associations between CMD and independent variables. The results showed a prevalence of CMD de 43.6% (CI 95% 33.14 to 54.64). The CMD prevalence ratios were from 4 to 5 times higher among those who reported sleep disturbances, which was the only factor associated with the occurrence of CMD. These results seem to indicate that the situations experienced by the recruits in their work environment may be causally associated with CMD. Further studies are needed, with longitudinal design, for this effect to be confirmed.

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