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Harmful Interpersonal Behaviors in the Department of the Air Force

Informing Prevention and Response

Published Apr 20, 2022

by Miriam Matthews, Coreen Farris

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The Department of the Air Force (DAF) is committed to helping its members thrive by enhancing well-being and eliminating harmful behaviors, particularly those affecting interpersonal interactions and relationships. Among these behaviors are sexual harassment and sexual assault, racial/ethnic harassment and discrimination, hazing, bullying, and domestic abuse.

This Perspective briefly describes the scope of this collection of harmful interpersonal behaviors and current DAF prevention strategies. The authors then describe and apply a conceptual model of prevention to harmful interpersonal behaviors in the DAF. Because of the association between these behaviors and alcohol misuse, the authors also briefly review that behavior. Finally, the authors consider current issues with and options for improvement of current prevention efforts and reporting avenues for victims.

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