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Gender and Marital Status in the Military: Implications for Understanding Intimate Partner Violence and Mental Health Symptoms

Part of the Risk and Resilience in Military and Veteran Families book series (RRMV)

Abstract

Marital status and gender are two demographic characteristics with relevance for understanding risk for social and psychological difficulties such as mental health problems and intimate partner violence. This is particularly true in military populations where resources and social support may vary among the subgroups of single male servicemembers, single female servicemembers, married male servicemembers, and single female servicemembers. Identifying differences in risk for mental health symptoms and intimate partner violence can in turn, inform development of programs targeting these different subgroups based on their specific needs. In this chapter, we review the literature on marital status and gender with respect to mental health problems and intimate partner violence and present new findings on relative risk for these groups in active duty military samples. Specific findings and their implications for interventions are discussed.

Keywords

  • Marital status
  • Gender
  • Military populations
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Mental health

Material has been reviewed by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of the US Army Medical Command or the Department of Defense.

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Foran, H.M., Wright, K.M., Thomas, J.L. (2016). Gender and Marital Status in the Military: Implications for Understanding Intimate Partner Violence and Mental Health Symptoms. In: MacDermid Wadsworth, S., Riggs, D. (eds) War and Family Life. Risk and Resilience in Military and Veteran Families. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-21488-7_11

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