Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Combat veterans: Resiliency in postsecondary education attainment
by Scott, John F., II, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 90; 1517787
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore resiliency factors veterans use when transitioning from military to community colleges, and then on to four year academic institutions. Data were collected from conducting 12 one-on-one interviews with veterans who were 21-26 years old.

Study results showed participants had difficulties upon returning from a combat zone and transitioning to life as a civilian and student, however there was mitigating factors that assisted veterans with this transition. Participants reported that resource centers, veteran peer to peer interaction, campus veteran clubs, and academic counselors with knowledge of military culture as most beneficial for successful transfers from community colleges to universities.

Future research is needed on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their pursuit of postsecondary education. Recommendations include comprehensive needs assessments for veterans at community colleges, as well as conducting program efficacy reviews of existing services available on college campuses.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tan, Philip
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1517787
ISBN: 978-1-267-47414-8
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