The Women At War : How Women Veterans Cope With Combat And Military Sexual Trauma?

1559 Words Oct 26th, 2014 7 Pages
There are an infinite number of things civilian clinicians should understand before working with service members or veterans. It is important for clinicians to be familiar with specific military experiences such as experiences in combat, military sexual trauma, and separations from family well as health and psychological problems outcomes after having experienced such traumatic events to better understand how service members and veterans cope with such issues. Scholarly articles such as Women at war: Understanding how women veterans cope with combat and military sexual trauma (2011), and Military sexual trauma: Violence and sexual abuse (2007), both provide information that can be used by clinicians to improve their work when working with clients that have experienced military sexual trauma. The Women at war article attempts to provide a better understanding of women veteran’s varying abilities to manage stressors and post deployment reintegration by looking at stressful military experiences, military sexual assault and separation from family. The article explains stressful military experiences by conducting semi-structured interviews with Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) women veterans. One key point the author shares about working with service member is deployment for women in the Guard and Reserve (Mattocks et al., 2011). According to the article deployment for women in the Guard and Reserve can have more profound…

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