Depression Prevalence and Geographic Distribution in United States Military Women: Results from the 2017 Service Women's Action Network Needs Assessment
Date of this version
depression, United States female veterans, mental health, military, post-traumatic stress, programming, resilience, Service Women's Action Network, sevicewomen, stress, suicide, veteran, veterans' health, warrior culture, women's health
To better understand depression in United States (US) servicewomen, needs assessment data from the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) were collected and analyzed, with comparison samples drawn from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The purpose of the present study was threefold. First, an assessment of the spatial distribution of depression in the United States among military women was made using geographic information systems. Second, the authors sought to determine differences in the prevalence of undiagnosed mental health concerns and diagnosed depression in women by military service status. Third, the authors sought to identify risk factors for depression among military women.
Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health