Mental Health, Quality of Life, and Health Functioning in Women Veterans

@article{Surs2007MentalHQ,
  title={Mental Health, Quality of Life, and Health Functioning in Women Veterans},
  author={Alina Sur{\'i}s and Lisa Lind and T. Michael Kashner and Patricia D. Borman},
  journal={Journal of Interpersonal Violence},
  year={2007},
  volume={22},
  pages={179 - 197}
}
The present study examined psychiatric, physical, and quality-of-life functioning in a sample of 270 women veterans receiving outpatient treatment at a Veterans Affairs medical center. Participants were interviewed regarding their civilian (CSA) and military sexual assault (MSA) histories, and data regarding quality of life and health outcomes were obtained through structured interviews and questionnaires. Women veterans with CSA histories reported significantly poorer physical, psychiatric… 
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