Military Sexual Trauma: Current Knowledge and Future Directions showcases the work of several prominent military sexual trauma (MST) researchers, scholars, and clinicians from across the United States. A review of existing research and original empirical findings converge to indicate that MST contributes to a range of physical health problems, complex posttraumatic responses, and other mental health consequences above and beyond the effects of other types of traumatic experiences. This collection also presents evidence suggesting that MST is often difficult to identify both within the individual military member and within the military population as a whole. Recommendations are offered for addressing this problem. In addition to the research review and empirical findings, an evolutionary framework for understanding sexual assault of women in the military is presented. Taken together, this collection of works may inform MST intervention and prevention efforts.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.
Table of Contents
1. Military Sexual Trauma: Current Knowledge and Future Directions, Melissa Platt and Carolyn B. Allard. 2. Unreliability and Error in the Military’s “Gold Standard” Measure of Sexual Harassment by Education and Gender, Maureen Murdoch, John B. Pryor, Joan M. Griffin, Diane Cowper Ripley, Gary D. Gackstetter, Melissa A. Polusny and James S. Hodges. 3. Veterans Health Administration Mental Health Treatment Settings of Patients Who Report Military Sexual Trauma, Courtney Valdez, Rachel Kimerling, Jenny K. Hyun, Hanna F. Mark, Meghan Saweikis, and Joanne Pavao. 4. Military Sexual Trauma in Men: A Review of Reported Rates, Tim Hoyt, Jennifer Klosterman Rielage and Lauren F. Williams. 5.Posttraumatic Sequelae Associated with Military Sexual Trauma in Female Veterans Enrolled in VA Outpatient Mental Health Clinics, Jane A. Luterek, Joyce N. Bittinger and Tracy L. Simpson. 6. Posttraumatic Stress Symptomatology as a Mediator of the Association Between Military Sexual Trauma and Post-Deployment Physical Health in Women, Brian N. Smith, Jillian C. Shipherd, Jennifer L. Schuster, Dawne S. Vogt, Lynda A. King, and Daniel W. King. 7. Is Military Sexual Trauma Associated with Trading Sex Among Women Veterans Seeking Outpatient Mental Health Care?, Jennifer L. Strauss, Christine E. Marx, Julie C. Weitlauf, Karen M. Stechuchak, Kristy Straits-Tröster, Ayaba W. Worjoloh, Christina B. Sherrod, Maren K. Olsen, Marian I. Butterfield, and Patrick S. Calhoun. 8. Reengineering Gender Relations in Modern Militaries: An Evolutionary Perspective, Rebecca J. Hannagan and Holly Arrow. 9. Military Sexual Trauma Research: A Proposed Agenda, Carolyn B. Allard, Sarah Nunnink, Amber M. Gregory, Bridget Klest and Melissa Platt. 10. Erratum
Carolyn Allard, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego and Program Director of the Military Sexual Trauma Clinic at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. Her research interests include modulators of the relationship between prior trauma and posttraumatic distress following later trauma, revictimization, and treatment outcomes.
Melissa Platt, MA, MS is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Oregon. She is a member of Jennifer J. Freyd’s Dynamics Lab focusing on interpersonal trauma. She is particularly interested in posttraumatic shame and its consequences and treatment. Melissa obtained her MA in counselling psychology from Boston College.