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Roles and Challenges of Women in the Military

Jomana Amara and Maxine Krengel

in Handbook of Psychosocial Interventions for Veterans and Service Members

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Published in print April 2016 | ISBN: 9780199353996
Published online June 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190275471 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med:psych/9780199353996.003.0004
Roles and Challenges of Women in the Military

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Although women have been part of the US military since the inception of the nation, they have only recently become part of the fighting force fully exposed to combat and subject to the trauma of battle and also more likely to suffer some of the psychological concerns that have impacted male soldiers and their families. However, because of specific differences due to gender and the way women may experience being in the military, their needs for counseling and treatment will be different. This chapter outlines the basic demographics of women in the military, their changing role in the Department of Defense, and provides a description of the women veteran population. The purpose of the chapter is to give the reader a brief overview of the women who serve in the military and the challenges they face to better understand their needs when providing psychological services.

Keywords: Women in the military; combat exclusion; risk rule; demographics; sexual harassment; assault; service

Chapter.  3825 words. 

Subjects: Psychosocial Interventions and Psychotherapy ; Military Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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