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An examination of stigma in the military

13 December 2013


Stigma of mental health, sexual assault and harassment, women in combat, and LGBT service members is a key problem facing the U.S. military over the coming decade. The purpose of this study is to examine the key literature focused on the impact stigma has on these subpopulations within the military, including barriers to care, attitudes, and impact of stigma on mental health. A multi-dimensional model for reducing stigma is proposed, including organization, societal, and individual interventions. Finally, areas for future research for reducing stigma, discrimination, and prejudice towards these subpopulations within the military are discussed.


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