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NCJ Number: 229773 Find in a Library
Title: Mental Health, Quality of Life, and Health Functioning in Women Veterans: Differential Outcomes Associated with Military and Civilian Sexual Assault
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:22  Issue:2  Dated:February 2007  Pages:179-197
Author(s): Alina Suris; Lisa Lind; T. Michael Kashner; Patricia D. Borman
Date Published: February 2007
Page Count: 19
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The present study examined psychiatric, physical, and quality-of-life functioning in a sample of 270 women veterans receiving outpatient treatment at a Veterans Affairs medical center.
Abstract: Participants were interviewed regarding their civilian (CSA) and military sexual assault (MSA) histories, and data regarding quality of life and health outcomes were obtained through structured interviews and questionnaires. Women veterans with CSA histories reported significantly poorer physical, psychiatric, and quality-of-life functioning compared to those without a history of sexual assault. Furthermore, women veterans with an MSA history demonstrated additional negative consequences above and beyond the effects of CSA. The study sample was comparable to a national random sample of women veterans who access care in the Veterans Affairs healthcare system, increasing the generalizibility of the results. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Military crime; Psychological victimization effects; Sexual assault trauma; Sexual assault victims; Veterans
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