Risk Factors for Veterans in Relationships. Psych. 190 Dr. Elena Klaw. Goals for Today. Blue Shield Study Hypothesis development Risk Factors for IPV Findings Interventions Veterans’ goals in Warriors at Home Class Effects of class Conclusions.
Dr. Elena Klaw
Blue Shield Study
Risk Factors for IPV
Veterans’ goals in Warriors at Home Class
Effects of class
What Risk Factors Would Increase the Likelihood of IPV in Vets?
Although overall means suggested low rates of distress and partner violence, high risk groups emerged.
36% met criteria for alcohol use disorder.
27% had used drugs for nonmedical reasons.
10% endorsed at least some psychological distress.
Over 25% endorsed DV myths.
28% had insisted on sex with their partner.
Results suggest that higher levels of psychological distress and hypermasculine attitudes increase the likelihood of anger, psychological aggression, violence supportive attitudes, and sexual coercion towards a partner.
Building on the success of the Healthy Relationship Discussion Group Series, a class was designed to address transition issues for veterans.
Goals of the course were to enhance veterans’ success in life post deployment/separation from the military, in having healthy relationships, and in college.
Veterans benefit from specific classes that pertain to transition issues and healthy relationships..
Students hoped to see the course offered as a GE so that it would “count.”
The Warriors at Home Class was most relevant to individuals who had been deployed, and needed to be modified to meet the needs of other military members and significant others.
Longitudinal studies of graduation rates, college engagement, and satisfaction in veterans who participate in vet specific programs vs. those that don’t is essential.