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Psychosocial Effects of Trauma on Military Women Serving in the National Guard and Reserves
Advances in Social Work (2012)
  • Victoria Osborne, Sacred Heart University
  • L. Ashley Gage
  • Abigail J. Rolbiecki
Women involved in all aspects of the United States Armed Forces face mental health needs that are unique from women in the general population. Because the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are involving more women in combat situations, social workers encounter female clients who are increasingly experiencing posttraumatic stress disorder, substance misuse, and sexual violence. Special attention must be paid particularly to women who serve in the National Guard or Reserves, as they have different concerns than enlisted active duty women. These concerns include less social support and fewer resources upon return from deployment. Thus, it is imperative for social workers in the community to be aware of these military women’s experiences and unique mental health challenges in order to effectively treat their needs. 
  • Military women,
  • Military sexual assault,
  • female service members,
  • women in the military,
  • National Guard,
  • United States Reserve Component
Publication Date
Spring 2012
Publisher Statement
Open Access Policy
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Citation Information
Osborne, V.A., Gage, LA., and Rolbiecki, A. (2012). Psychosocial Effects of Trauma on Military Women Serving in the National Guard and Reserves. Advances in Social Work, 13(1) Spring 2012. Retrieved from