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Design and Methods of the National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study

William Schlenger, Nida Corry, Richard Kulka, Christianna Williams, Clare Henn-Haase, Charles Marmar


January 25, 2016
The National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) is the second assessment of a representative cohort of US veterans who served during the Vietnam War era, either in Vietnam or elsewhere. The cohort was initially surveyed in the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS) from 1984 to 1988 to assess the prevalence, incidence, and effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other post-war problems. The NVVLS sought to re-interview the cohort to assess the long-term course of PTSD.
This report provides a description of the NVVLS design and methods. The two studies (NVVRS and NVVLS) constitute a nationally representative longitudinal study of Vietnam veterans, extending the NVVRS as a critical resource for scientific and policy analyses for Vietnam veterans, with policy relevance for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. 
Focus Areas
North America