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Female Vets Report Military Sexual Trauma

womanAccording to preliminary research results from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 15 percent of recently returned female veterans utilizing the VA health care system report experiencing sexual trauma during military service.

The findings come from a cross-sectional study that examined health care screening data of over 100,000 veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) who utilized medical care at any Veterans Health Administration facility during a six-year period.

Along with the more than one in seven women, 0.7 percent of males also reported having experienced military sexual trauma (MST). Both males and females reporting MST were more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health condition than patients who did not report MST.

“These data highlight the importance of the VA’s universal screening policy,” said Joanne Pavao, MPH, a Department of Veterans Affairs researcher on the study, “as well as early intervention among veterans who have experienced sexual trauma, to prevent long-term consequences.”

VHA policy requires that all male and female veterans are screened for experiences of military sexual trauma and that free treatment for MST-related conditions is provided at all VA health care facilities.

Source: American Public Health Association (APHA)

Female Vets Report Military Sexual Trauma

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Female Vets Report Military Sexual Trauma. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 21, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/10/30/female-vets-report-military-sexual-trauma/3234.html

 

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