Rural Women Veterans' Use and Perception of Mental Health Services

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/603035
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Rural Women Veterans' Use and Perception of Mental Health Services
Other Titles:
Community Health Needs for Our Veterans [Session]
Author(s):
Ingelse, Kathy M.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Lambda Omicron
Author Details:
Kathy M. Ingelse, RN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, abientot36@hotmail.com
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: While the total number of veterans in the U.S. is decreasing overall, the number of women veterans is significantly increasing. There are numerous barriers which keep women veterans from accessing mental health care.  One barrier which can impact receiving care is living in a rural area. Veterans in rural areas have access to fewer mental health services than do urban residing veterans, and women veterans in general have less access to mental health care than do their male colleagues. Little  is known about rural women veterans and their mental health service needs. Women, who have served in the military, have unique problems related to their service compared to their male colleagues including higher rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). This qualitative study investigated use of and barriers to receiving mental health care for rural women veterans. In-depth interviews were conducted with ten women veterans who have reported experiencing problems with either MST, PTSD, or combat trauma  All ten women had utilized mental health services during active-duty military service, and post service, in VA community based-outpatient clinics. Several recurring themes in the women’s experience were identified. For all of the women interviewed, a sentinel precipitating event led to seeking mental health services. These precipitating events included episodes of chronic sexual harassment and ridicule, traumatic sexual assaults, and difficult combat experiences. Efforts to report mistreatment were unsuccessful or met with punishment. All the women interviewed reported that they would not have sought services without the help of a supportive peer who encouraged seeking care. Barriers to seeking care included feeling like they weren’t really a combat veteran (in spite of serving in a combat unit in Iraq); feeling stigmatized by providers and other military personnel, being treated as crazy; and a lack of interest from those providing care in hearing their stories. This study may generate positive social change by helping providers approach women veterans in a way that is sympathetic to their experiences.
Keywords:
Rural; Women Veterans
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15D27
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleRural Women Veterans' Use and Perception of Mental Health Servicesen
dc.title.alternativeCommunity Health Needs for Our Veterans [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorIngelse, Kathy M.en
dc.contributor.departmentLambda Omicronen
dc.author.detailsKathy M. Ingelse, RN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, abientot36@hotmail.comen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/603035en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: While the total number of veterans in the U.S. is decreasing overall, the number of women veterans is significantly increasing. There are numerous barriers which keep women veterans from accessing mental health care.  One barrier which can impact receiving care is living in a rural area. Veterans in rural areas have access to fewer mental health services than do urban residing veterans, and women veterans in general have less access to mental health care than do their male colleagues. Little  is known about rural women veterans and their mental health service needs. Women, who have served in the military, have unique problems related to their service compared to their male colleagues including higher rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). This qualitative study investigated use of and barriers to receiving mental health care for rural women veterans. In-depth interviews were conducted with ten women veterans who have reported experiencing problems with either MST, PTSD, or combat trauma  All ten women had utilized mental health services during active-duty military service, and post service, in VA community based-outpatient clinics. Several recurring themes in the women’s experience were identified. For all of the women interviewed, a sentinel precipitating event led to seeking mental health services. These precipitating events included episodes of chronic sexual harassment and ridicule, traumatic sexual assaults, and difficult combat experiences. Efforts to report mistreatment were unsuccessful or met with punishment. All the women interviewed reported that they would not have sought services without the help of a supportive peer who encouraged seeking care. Barriers to seeking care included feeling like they weren’t really a combat veteran (in spite of serving in a combat unit in Iraq); feeling stigmatized by providers and other military personnel, being treated as crazy; and a lack of interest from those providing care in hearing their stories. This study may generate positive social change by helping providers approach women veterans in a way that is sympathetic to their experiences.en
dc.subjectRuralen
dc.subjectWomen Veteransen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:41:56Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:41:56Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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