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(p. 36) Roles and Challenges of Women in the Military 

(p. 36) Roles and Challenges of Women in the Military
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(p. 36) Roles and Challenges of Women in the Military
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Jomana Amara

and Maxine Krengel

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199353996.003.0004
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date: 25 May 2020

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.

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