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Military sexual trauma increases risk for homelessness, particularly among men

April 20, 2016

Screening positively for military sexual trauma was independently associated with postdeployment homelessness, particularly among male veterans, according to recent findings.

“The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs defines military sexual trauma as ‘psychological trauma, which in the judgment of a mental health professional employed by the Department, resulted from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the veteran was serving on active duty or active duty for training,’” Emily Brignone, BS, of VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, and colleagues wrote. “Approximately 25% of female and 1% of male veterans report having experienced [military sexual trauma] during their military service. Military sexual trauma is related to adverse outcomes following separation from the military, including [PTSD], depressive disorders, substance use disorders and higher rates of co-occurrence among these diagnoses. Military sexual trauma is also associated with poorer family relations and lower quality of life.”

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