Posttraumatic stress disorder in female veterans with military and civilian sexual trauma

Naomi Himmelfarb, Deborah Yaeger, Jim Mintz

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Abstract

This study examines relationships among military sexual trauma (MST), non-military sexual trauma, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A sample of 196 female veterans was assessed for trauma occurring before, during, and after military service, and for current PTSD. The prevalence of MST was higher than that of premilitary and postmilitary sexual trauma. Premilitary trauma did not significantly increase the odds of experiencing MST, but did increase the odds of experiencing postmilitary sexual trauma. Logistic regression analyses revealed MST was more strongly associated with PTSD than was premilitary or postmilitary trauma. Women with MST had the greatest increased odds of developing PTSD. Understanding risk factors for and taking steps to prevent MST may reduce cases of PTSD in female veterans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)837-846
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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