This brief is about stressors during military service that OEF/OIF female veterans experienced and how they coped with the stress. In policy and practice, female veterans should tell healthcare providers of their healthcare needs, and should form support groups with other veteran women; family members should support returning female service members; the VA should adapt its services to address the needs of female veterans, policymakers should allocate funding toward creating non-VA mental health and substance abuse counseling, and the VA should offer gender-specific mental health programs. Suggestions for future research include analyzing differences between age groups and length of time separated from military service, studying female veterans over time to examine how they cope, and analyzing whether military service branch and job assignment affect coping strategies.
Mattocks, K. M., Haskell, S. G., Krebs, E. E., Justice, A. C., Yano, E. M., & Brandt, C. (2012). Women at war: Understanding how women veterans cope with combat and military sexual trauma. Social Science & Medicine, 74(4), 537–545. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.10.039
Gender and Sexuality | Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Trauma
Mental health, Coping, Veterans, Women veterans, Sexual harassment, Trauma, War, Research briefs
Mental health; Adjustment (Psychology); Women veterans; Sexual harassment of women; Psychic trauma; War
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Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Women at War: Understanding How Women Veterans Cope with Combat and Military Sexual Trauma"" (2014). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 273.
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