Military sexual trauma tied to increased risk of homelessness

By REUTERS
April 21, 2016 01:28

 
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Veterans who experienced sexual trauma in the military are at increased risk for homelessness, according to a new US study.

Compared to veterans who didn't experience sexual assault, battery or harassment during their military service, those who did were about twice as likely to be homeless during the five-year study, researchers found.

"I think what stood out was the magnitude of difference," said lead author Emily Brignone, of Utah State University in Logan.

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) introduced universal screening for military sexual trauma in 2004. This kind of trauma has been tied to a number of poor health outcomes, including posttraumatic stress, depression, poor relationships with families and lower qualities of life.

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