Talk to the Veterans Crisis Line now
U.S. flag
An official website of the United States government

Health Services Research & Development

Go to the ORD website
Go to the QUERI website

Spotlight on Women's Health

Women at War: Gender Differences in War-Zone Stressors and Postdeployment Mental Health among U.S. OEF/OIF Veterans


by Amy Street, PhD ; Dawne Vogt, PhD
Seminar date: 11/10/2011

Description: Though the broader literature suggests that women may be more vulnerable to the effects of trauma exposure, most available studies on combat trauma have relied on samples in which women’s combat exposure is limited. Female service members’ increased exposure to combat in Afghanistan and Iraq provides a unique opportunity to evaluate gender differences in different dimensions of war-zone stress and associated consequence for postdeployment mental health. Two studies that addressed this research question in national samples of OEF/OIF veterans are described and the implications of findings with respect to female versus male service members’ resilience to combat-related trauma are discussed.

We're sorry - this video format is no longer supported. You may still download the resources below.



DOWNLOAD: Request PDF Handout | Audio only (mp3) | transcript not yet available


Questions about the HSR&D website? Email the Web Team.

Any health information on this website is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any condition.