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Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Trevor F. Hyde, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Veterans--Employment; Post-traumatic stress disorder; Iraq War, 2003-2011--Veterans; Afghan War, 2001---Veterans


Background: The purpose of this study was to examine the potential for biases during hiring processes, pertaining to current Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With an understanding of how current mental health stigma affects those with mental illness in America, and past studies of discrimination of Vietnam veterans during employment interviews, this current study was formulated to identify if the term “veteran” was a contributing factor in an individual with PTSD not receiving a job offer. Methods: Participants were able to view 1 of 2 hypothetical scenarios and resumes for a hypothetical job seeker via the Internet site Both scenarios and resumes were identical in all facets except that one individual was a veteran and the other was not. Participants read through the scenario/resumes and then answered a survey regarding their perception of that individual. Results: Comparing the likelihood of being hired showed no significant difference between the veteran (M=4.00, SD=.736) and nonveteran (M=3.84, SD=.850) groups, t(96)=1.016, p=.312. This suggested that there was no difference in the potential to be hired between the veteran and non-veteran candidate.


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