Mental Health Care Needs of Female Veterans

Citation:

Willer, Janet K., and Linda S. Grossman. 1995. "Mental Health Care Needs of Female Veterans." Psychiatric Services 46 (9): 938-940.

Authors: Janet K. Willer, Linda S. Grossman

Abstract:

Examined gender differences in diagnosis, demographic and family characteristics, and trauma histories with 97 psychiatric outpatients (51 women) at a VA clinic. More women had affective disorders and schizoaffective disorder; more men had anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. Although women had sharply higher rates than men of every type of trauma except combat trauma, more men received a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Men were 4 times more likely to be married. Women were more likely than men to be the sole caretakers of minor children. Treatment and policy implications are considered. (PsycINFO Database 2012)

Keywords: mental health, female veterans, posttraumatic stress disorder, trauma, substance abuse

Topics: Combatants, Female Combatants, Gender, Women, Health, Mental Health, PTSD, Trauma, Military Forces & Armed Groups Regions: Americas, North America Countries: United States of America

Year: 1995

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