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Background

The Korean War GI Bill provided economic benefits for veterans, thereby potentially improving their health outcomes. However potential spillover effects on veteran wives have not been evaluated.

Methods

Data from wives of veterans eligible for the Korean War GI Bill N = 128 and wives of non-veterans N = 224 from the Health and Retirement Study were matched on race and coarsened birth year and childhood health using coarsened exact matching. Number of depressive symptoms in 2010 average age = 78 were assessed using a modified, validated Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale. Regression analyses were stratified into low mother < 8 years schooling - missing data, N = 95 or high mother ≥ 8 years schooling, N = 257 childhood socio-economic status cSES groups, and were adjusted for birth year and childhood health, as well as respondent’s educational attainment in a subset of analyses.

Results

Husband’s Korean War GI Bill eligibility did not predict depressive symptoms among veteran wives in pooled analysis or cSES stratified analyses; analyses in the low cSES subgroup were underpowered N = 95, β = -0.50, 95% Confidence Interval: -1.35, 0.35, p = 0.248, power = 0.28.

Conclusions

We found no evidence of a relationship between husband’s Korean War GI Bill eligibility and wives’ mental health in these data, however there may be a true effect that our analysis was underpowered to detect.



Author: Anusha M. Vable , Ichiro Kawachi, David Canning, M. Maria Glymour, Marcia P. Jimenez, S. V. Subramanian

Source: http://plos.srce.hr/



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