This study found that unemployment among female veterans was independently associated with screening positive for depression, as well as several other factors related to military service and veteran status. In practice, caring for the mental health of female veterans might improve their employment prospects, and in addition, many unemployed female veterans expressed that civilian coworkers did not understand their military experience. In policy, the VA and other federal agencies might model programs to support unemployed female veterans after the Institute for Veterans and Military Families’ Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program. Suggestions for future study include incorporating different measures of employment, as well as examining what services and strategies best mitigate the stress of unemployment on female veterans and also contribute to more employment in this population.
Hamilton, A. B., Williams, L., & Washington, D. L. (2015). Military and mental health correlates of unemployment in a national sample of women veterans. Medical Care, 53(4 Suppl 1), S32–S38. https://doi.org/10.1097/MLR.0000000000000297
Gender and Sexuality | Military and Veterans Studies | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Employment, Veterans, Women veterans, Unemployment, Depression, Military experiences, Research brief
Women veterans; Unemployment; Depression in women
Employment and Economic Opportunity
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Military and Mental Health Correlates of Unemployment in a National Sample of Women Veterans"" (2015). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 337.
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