Women's Health Identities in the Transition from Military Member to Service Veteran

Melinda Villagran, Christy J.W. Ledford, Mollie Rose Canzona

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As servicewomen leave behind their military rank and status to become veterans, they must learn to effectively navigate a fragmented structure of care and communicate their health care needs. This study proposes a culture-centered approach to understanding how structural changes contribute to a reduction in positive health perception and behavior as active duty servicewomen transition to a veteran status. Results suggest during the process of disengagement from military cultural norms, women veterans health care prevention service utilization decreases, and their physical and mental health decreases through the transition. These findings highlight the need for widely available and culturally appropriate programs to meet the needs of this unique patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1125-1132
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Health Communication
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 3 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Library and Information Sciences


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