Clinician's Corner Blog
A PHCoE blog series written by leaders, clinicians and experts on current topics of interest for psychological health care providers in the Military Health System.
Do Gender Stereotypes Influence Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment in the Military?
Do Gender Stereotypes Influence Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment in the Military?October 15, 2018
Gender stereotypes are fixed ideas about men’s and women’s traits and capabilities and how they should comport themselves, based on their biological sex. A classic study conducted in 1970 with male and female therapists showed that stereotypically masculine traits were perceived as more socially desirable than stereotypical feminine attributes, and therapists’ view of a healthy adult correlated highly with stereotypical male traits but not female traits.
Sex, Gender Factors Affect Women’s Mental Health Across Their Lifespan
Sex, Gender Factors Affect Women’s Mental Health Across Their LifespanOctober 9, 2018
Throughout a woman’s life, sex and gender can affect both her likelihood of developing mental health conditions, and the course, prognosis and treatment response to those conditions. Key influences on women’s mental health include genetic and epigenetic factors, gender-linked stresses and traumas, and reproductive cycle stages. Helping female patients understand these influences can help them manage potential stressors or symptoms throughout their lives.
In Case You Missed It: Highlights from the National VA/DOD Women’s Mental Health Mini-Residency
In Case You Missed It: Highlights from the National VA/DOD Women’s Mental Health Mini-ResidencyOctober 1, 2018
Women currently comprise approximately 16 percent of the United States military. As of 2016, service women are permitted to serve in any military position for which they meet the gender-neutral performance standards and requirements. These expanded roles have increased the cadre of responsibilities that service women have, as well as increased their potential challenges. As such, it is more important than ever for military leadership, researchers, and health care providers to understand women’s health.
The Importance of Outreach to the Hispanic Military Community
The Importance of Outreach to the Hispanic Military CommunityDecember 18, 2017
Over the past 20 years, there has been a steady rise in the percentage of Hispanic/Latino/Spanish-Speaking (HLS) service members within the active-duty and reserve components of the U.S. military. Today approximately 12 percent of active-duty personnel identify as Hispanic, three times the number of Hispanic service members in 1980.
Female Service Members and Their Mental Health
Female Service Members and Their Mental HealthMay 15, 2017
I’ve been working for the military for over 30 years in many different roles. While my gender makes me obviously different from my male counterparts, I’ve never focused on it as a barrier because my parents raised me to do my best, and to accomplish the goals I set in my mind and heart, regardless of my gender.
Early in my career, I broke into the previously gender-restricted missile operations career field. That experience strongly shaped my perspective, and throughout my career has caused me to think about the challenges for military females.
The views expressed in Clinician's Corner blogs are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence or Department of Defense.