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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.

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