Pre-Enlistment Maltreatment Histories of U.S. Navy Basic Trainees: Prevalence of Abusive Behaviors.
Final rept. Oct 94-Nov 95,
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Navy basic trainees may enter military service with histories of being victims or perpetrators of abusive behavior. Victims of abusive behavior often have recurrent identifiable negative somatic and psychological symptomatology that appears to have its etiology in past traumatic physical andor sexual experiences. Perpetrators of abusive behaviors are at-risk of repeating their offenses, thereby creating more victims. Overall, abusive victimization histories have been shown to have a detrimental impact on general health, behavior, and interpersonal relations, which may affect job performance, attrition, and naval readiness. Base-rate data of U.S. Navy basic trainees abusive histories are required to aid in clarifying the need for and the scope and specificity of intervention programs. Objective. The primary goal of this study was to survey the population of U.S. Navy basic trainees for their pre-enlistment histories of abusive behaviors and the possible psychological effects and behavioral manifestations of such histories. The main objective of this study was to establish base rates for childhood and adult physical and sexual violence to allow for the development of future studies and treatment, prevention, and education programs.
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