Outpatient Psychiatric Decisions for Enlisted Women in the Naval Services.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CALIF
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Women are playing an increasing role in the functioning of the armed forces. Psychiatric crises account for one tenth of all sicklist admissions for women in the Navy. Navy psychiatrists and psychologists need to ensure that the decisions rules used to treat psychiatric cases result in positive outcomes for women. This study examined the process of psychiatric assessment of naval enlisted women at outpatient clinics. Correlation and regression procedures showed that psychiatric decisions for treatment or returning to work were determined by the womans expectations. Follow-up data were collected on these women over a four year period. Although 48 of those women who came to the clinic were returned to their jobs, only 12 of these women were successful at follow-up. There were no significant relationships between success and any patient variables or clinical evaluations. This preliminary look at psychiatric assessment highlights the need for guidelines for psychiatric screening for women. Author
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