ERIC Number: EJ1000154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
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Mental Health Issues in Recently Returning Women Veterans: Implications for Practice
Carlson, Bonnie E.; Stromwall, Layne K.; Lietz, Cynthia A.
Social Work, v58 n2 p105-114 Apr 2013
Increasing numbers of women are found in the military, and they are now performing roles very similar to those of male service members. More returning servicewomen and veterans have been exposed to stressful and traumatic experiences, such as combat and difficult living circumstances, and military sexual trauma is common. These experiences have been found to be associated with adverse mental health outcomes, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and substance abuse in particular. Comorbidity rates are also high. In addition, more veterans are returning with injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. Although more women veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom are seeking health services at Veterans Administration facilities, many are not. Thus, community-based social workers need to be familiar with the needs of this growing population to serve them effectively. Use of empirically supported assessment instruments and screening for military sexual trauma are recommended. Recommended interventions include the use of evidence-supported practices, such as cognitive-behavioral treatment, and offering assistance to enhance social support among women veterans.
Descriptors: Females, Freedom, Health Services, Injuries, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Depression (Psychology), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Foreign Countries, Veterans, Military Service, Comorbidity, Brain, Social Work, Help Seeking, Sexual Abuse, Measures (Individuals), Cognitive Restructuring, Behavior Modification
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