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Sexual assault, mental health, and service use among male and female veterans seen in Veterans Affairs primary care clinics: a multi-site study.
Psychiatry Res. 2008 May 30; 159(1-2):226-36.PR

Abstract

This study examined the nature and prevalence of sexual assault (SA), as well as its relationship to psychiatric sequelae and service use, among the veteran population. We performed a secondary data analysis of a cross-sectional dataset consisting of 643 male and 173 female veterans seen in four Veterans Affairs (VA) primary care clinics. Original data were obtained through semi-structured clinic assessments, structured telephone interviews, and medical chart reviews. Analyses included descriptive statistics, chi-square, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and logistic regression. The lifetime prevalence of SA was 38% among women and 6% among men. Of veterans reporting a history of SA, most experienced child sexual abuse and sexual revictimization. SA victims also had a more extensive trauma history and demonstrated greater psychological impairment in comparison to veterans reporting other types of trauma. However, only 25% of male SA survivors and 38% of female SA survivors used mental health services in the past year. These findings suggest that VA primary care clinics may benefit from expanding the current mandated screen for military sexual trauma to include lifetime experiences and trauma-related symptoms, thereby connecting more veterans with needed mental health services.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, GA, United States.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Multicenter Study
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18423615

Citation

Zinzow, Heidi M., et al. "Sexual Assault, Mental Health, and Service Use Among Male and Female Veterans Seen in Veterans Affairs Primary Care Clinics: a Multi-site Study." Psychiatry Research, vol. 159, no. 1-2, 2008, pp. 226-36.
Zinzow HM, Grubaugh AL, Frueh BC, et al. Sexual assault, mental health, and service use among male and female veterans seen in Veterans Affairs primary care clinics: a multi-site study. Psychiatry Res. 2008;159(1-2):226-36.
Zinzow, H. M., Grubaugh, A. L., Frueh, B. C., & Magruder, K. M. (2008). Sexual assault, mental health, and service use among male and female veterans seen in Veterans Affairs primary care clinics: a multi-site study. Psychiatry Research, 159(1-2), 226-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2007.04.008
Zinzow HM, et al. Sexual Assault, Mental Health, and Service Use Among Male and Female Veterans Seen in Veterans Affairs Primary Care Clinics: a Multi-site Study. Psychiatry Res. 2008 May 30;159(1-2):226-36. PubMed PMID: 18423615.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Sexual assault, mental health, and service use among male and female veterans seen in Veterans Affairs primary care clinics: a multi-site study. AU - Zinzow,Heidi M, AU - Grubaugh,Anouk L, AU - Frueh,Bartley Christopher, AU - Magruder,Kathryn M, Y1 - 2008/04/18/ PY - 2006/06/12/received PY - 2006/11/16/revised PY - 2007/04/07/accepted PY - 2008/4/22/pubmed PY - 2008/7/26/medline PY - 2008/4/22/entrez SP - 226 EP - 36 JF - Psychiatry research JO - Psychiatry Res VL - 159 IS - 1-2 N2 - This study examined the nature and prevalence of sexual assault (SA), as well as its relationship to psychiatric sequelae and service use, among the veteran population. We performed a secondary data analysis of a cross-sectional dataset consisting of 643 male and 173 female veterans seen in four Veterans Affairs (VA) primary care clinics. Original data were obtained through semi-structured clinic assessments, structured telephone interviews, and medical chart reviews. Analyses included descriptive statistics, chi-square, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and logistic regression. The lifetime prevalence of SA was 38% among women and 6% among men. Of veterans reporting a history of SA, most experienced child sexual abuse and sexual revictimization. SA victims also had a more extensive trauma history and demonstrated greater psychological impairment in comparison to veterans reporting other types of trauma. However, only 25% of male SA survivors and 38% of female SA survivors used mental health services in the past year. These findings suggest that VA primary care clinics may benefit from expanding the current mandated screen for military sexual trauma to include lifetime experiences and trauma-related symptoms, thereby connecting more veterans with needed mental health services. SN - 0165-1781 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18423615/Sexual_assault_mental_health_and_service_use_among_male_and_female_veterans_seen_in_Veterans_Affairs_primary_care_clinics:_a_multi_site_study_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0165-1781(07)00120-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -