Date of Award

8-1-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Gregory Jurenec, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Veterans--Mental health care--United States; Veterans--Psychology; Veterans--Services for--United States; Veterans--Social conditions

Abstract

This study examined two factors that were hypothesized to contribute to the reintegration of male and female veterans. A review of the limited literature in this area suggested that social support and veterans’ perceived value of their service are likely related to their ability to reintegrate after leaving the service. The study sought to answer the following research questions: 1) Does a veteran's perceived value of service influence their overall readjustment and well-being? 2) Does a veteran's perceived level of social support affect their readjustment? 3) Do the perceived values of service and social support relate to readjustment differently for men than women? The participants consisted of 25 men and nine women. All of the participants were veterans that were contacted through Dry Hootch, a veteran support organization, and through word of mouth. The sample reflected all branches of service: 59% Army veterans, 17% Air Force veterans, 12% Marine veterans, 9% Navy veterans, and 3% served in multiple branches of the military. The average length of military service was eleven years, with the range of service between two to 30 years. Seventy percent of the participants were combat veterans. Participants were directed to an online survey containing a basic demographic questionnaire, The Ryff Scales of Psychological Well-Being, The Interpersonal Support Evaluation List, and the Post Deployment Inventory. A significant correlation was found between measures of social support and measures of well being and adjustment. A comparison between male and female veterans did not reveal a significant difference in overall readjustment or well-being based solely on gender. Veterans’ perceived value of service did not appear to be a factor in overall level of readjustment or well-being.

Rights

On-Campus Access

OCLC Number

758504504.00

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