National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study (NHRVS) - VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)
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National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study (NHRVS)

 

Investigator Access

What's available

Research data

Available documentation 

Pending

Dates data are available 

Currently available

Access criteria

Individuals interested in collaborating on NHRVS-related projects should contact Robert Pietrzak, PhD, MPH: robert.pietrzak@yale.edu

Study Characteristics

Objective

To better understand and evaluate the prevalence and correlates of successful aging and psychological resilience in a large, contemporary, and nationally representative Veteran sample.

Era of Service

All

Population

Nationally representative sample of U.S. Veterans

Study Design 

Prospective cohort study

Time Period

Wave 1: October - December 2011
Wave 2: September 2013

Setting 

National

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Wave 1: 3,157
Wave 2: 2,157

Response Rate

Pending

Recruitment Method    

Sample drawn from a survey panel of >80,000 households identified from the U.S. Postal Service’s Delivery Sequence File. Random samples of panel members recruited by telephone and mail. Veterans who provided informed consent participated in the study.

Compensation

Pending

Data Collected

Broad range of sociodemographic, clinical, and psychological characteristics, such as:

  • symptoms of posttraumatic stress, major depressive, and generalized anxiety disorders
  • physical health difficulties
  • substance abuse history
  • trauma/psychiatric history
  • suicidal ideation
  • psychosocial variables (e.g., gratitude, sense of purpose, and altruism)

Data Collection Method

Anonymous web-based survey

Funding Source 

VA National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Yale Pepper Center NIA Grant P30AG21342)

Contact

robert.pietrzak@yale.edu

Selected Publications

Pietrzak RH, Cook JM. Pyschological Resilience in Older U.S. Veterans: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study. Depress Anxiety. 2013;30: 432–443.1

Pietrzak RH, Tsai J, Kirwin PD, Southwick SM. Successful Aging among Older Veterans in the United States. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2014;22(6):551-63. (Abstract)

Smith NB, Mota N, Tsai J, Monteith L, Harpaz-Rotem I, Southwick SM, Pietrzak RH. Nature and Determinants of Suicidal Ideation among U.S. Veterans: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study. J Affect Disord. 2016;197:66-73.

Isaacs K, Mota NP, Tsai J, Harpaz-Rotem I, Cook JM, Kirwin PD, Krystal JH, Southwick SM, Pietrzak RH. Psychological Resilience in U.S. Military Veterans: A 2-Year, Nationally Representative Prospective Cohort Study. J Psychiatr Res. 2017;84:301-309. 

 More Information

New study reports on suicidal thinking among U.S. Veterans (VA Research Currents article, 4-4-2016)

 

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