The authors evaluated the incidence of depression in a sample of 202
Viet Nam veterans an average of 28 months after their return from Viet Nam.
Approximately one-third of the sample fell within the clinically depressed
range of the Beck Depression Inventory. Comparison of the depressed and
nondepressed groups indicated that the former had higher frequencies of
drug abuse (particularly while in Viet Nam), more marital difficulties, a
higher unemployment rate, and more current legal problems. This high
incidence of depression, coupled with the finding that few of these men
were being treated for the illness, indicates the need for an outreach
approach to this population.