HEALTH / WELL-BEING

Coping styles, quality of life, and sexual trauma in women veterans

Article

The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of sexual trauma on female veterans’ quality of life ratings and current and past coping strategies.

Abstract

The purpose of the following study was to evaluate sexual trauma and the effects on women veterans' quality of life ratings and current and past coping strategies. Participants were screened for sexual trauma history and divided into five mutually exclusive categories: 1) childhood sexual trauma, 2) civilian adult sexual trauma, 3) military sexual trauma, 4) multiple sexual trauma, and 5) no sexual trauma. Results of the study were mixed, retaining some hypotheses and rejecting others. Results regarding differences in quality of life (QOL) for the sexual trauma groups were rejected, as none of the QOL analyses were significant. Issues of small effect size for the QOL measure and low power to detect differences are discussed as limitations in the current study. Several significant findings were detected in the coping analyses.

Full Reference

Zak, E. N., 2001. Coping Styles, Quality of Life, and Sexual Trauma in Women Veterans. PhD. University of North Texas.