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A new generation of women veterans: stressors faced by women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Clin Psychol Rev. 2009 Dec; 29(8):685-94.CP

Abstract

The extent of female service members' involvement in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), in terms of both the number of women deployed and the scope of their involvement, is unprecedented. While many of the mental health readjustment issues of female service members are likely to mirror those of the majority male Veteran population, this newest generation of women Veterans may also face unique threats to their mental health. The goal of this review it to highlight emerging issues relevant to the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan by reviewing the existing literature on gender-relevant issues among this cohort, as well as raising theoretically important issues that are worthy of further empirical investigation. Topics addressed include gender differences in combat experiences and in PTSD following combat exposure; sexual assault, sexual harassment and other interpersonal stressors experienced during deployment; women Veterans' experiences of premilitary trauma exposure; and unique stressors faced by women Veterans during the homecoming readjustment period. Given that most models of the impact of war zone deployment on PTSD are predicated on the experiences of male service members, women's expanding role in combat operations presents both an opportunity and a challenge to adapt these models to more effectively capture the experiences of female service members.

Authors+Show Affiliations

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, United States. amy.street@va.govNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19766368

Citation

Street, Amy E., et al. "A New Generation of Women Veterans: Stressors Faced By Women Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan." Clinical Psychology Review, vol. 29, no. 8, 2009, pp. 685-94.
Street AE, Vogt D, Dutra L. A new generation of women veterans: stressors faced by women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Clin Psychol Rev. 2009;29(8):685-94.
Street, A. E., Vogt, D., & Dutra, L. (2009). A new generation of women veterans: stressors faced by women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Clinical Psychology Review, 29(8), 685-94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2009.08.007
Street AE, Vogt D, Dutra L. A New Generation of Women Veterans: Stressors Faced By Women Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Clin Psychol Rev. 2009;29(8):685-94. PubMed PMID: 19766368.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A new generation of women veterans: stressors faced by women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. AU - Street,Amy E, AU - Vogt,Dawne, AU - Dutra,Lissa, Y1 - 2009/08/24/ PY - 2009/05/02/received PY - 2009/08/14/revised PY - 2009/08/17/accepted PY - 2009/9/22/entrez PY - 2009/9/22/pubmed PY - 2010/1/27/medline SP - 685 EP - 94 JF - Clinical psychology review JO - Clin Psychol Rev VL - 29 IS - 8 N2 - The extent of female service members' involvement in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), in terms of both the number of women deployed and the scope of their involvement, is unprecedented. While many of the mental health readjustment issues of female service members are likely to mirror those of the majority male Veteran population, this newest generation of women Veterans may also face unique threats to their mental health. The goal of this review it to highlight emerging issues relevant to the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan by reviewing the existing literature on gender-relevant issues among this cohort, as well as raising theoretically important issues that are worthy of further empirical investigation. Topics addressed include gender differences in combat experiences and in PTSD following combat exposure; sexual assault, sexual harassment and other interpersonal stressors experienced during deployment; women Veterans' experiences of premilitary trauma exposure; and unique stressors faced by women Veterans during the homecoming readjustment period. Given that most models of the impact of war zone deployment on PTSD are predicated on the experiences of male service members, women's expanding role in combat operations presents both an opportunity and a challenge to adapt these models to more effectively capture the experiences of female service members. SN - 1873-7811 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19766368/A_new_generation_of_women_veterans:_stressors_faced_by_women_deployed_to_Iraq_and_Afghanistan_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0272-7358(09)00113-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -