Experiences of women who served during the Vietnam War have been described in interviews/anecdotal reports but rarely in empirical literature. Potential positive (versus negative) aspects of service or its impact on well-being are seldom considered. We describe stressful and positive experiences reported by approximately 1,300 female military personnel, Red Cross workers, and others deployed to Vietnam. Prominent stressful (e.g., negative living/working conditions) and positive (e.g., interpersonal relationships) themes and differences based on trauma history, Vietnam experiences, and group membership are explored. We evaluate associations between themes and psychological well-being. Findings provide insight into experiences of this understudied group of women.
Stressful and positive experiences of women who served in Vietnam
Kaiser, A. P., Wang, J., Davison, E. H., Park, C. L., & Stellman, J. M. (2017). Stressful and positive experiences of women who served in Vietnam. Journal of Women and Aging, 29(1), 26-38. https://doi.org/10.1080/08952841.2015.1019812