Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Post-Traumatic Stress among military personnel as portrayed in film: A content analysis
by Yurkov, Drew, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 86; 10124508
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study examined how veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are represented in film. Four films from the Vietnam War and four films from the Iraq/Afghanistan wars were examined for their depictions of the source of trauma, symptoms, support, barriers to treatment, and outcomes.

PTSD is common in returning military personnel and the films reviewed consistently showed a lack of recognition, support, and engagement in mental health treatment for veterans, with often devastating results. It is hoped that the findings will spotlight the largely untreated trauma of returning military personnel and the impact on their families, as well as the costs to society. Through the powerful use of film, the public might acquire a better understanding of PTSD in order to encourage veterans with symptoms to connect with support systems and to advocate for improved access to treatment for those who have been injured while serving our country.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn
Commitee: Lam, Brian, Wilson, Steve
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Film studies
Keywords: Film, Film portrayl, Ptsd, Social work, Trauma, Veterans
Publication Number: 10124508
ISBN: 978-1-339-82616-5
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