The problem addressed by this study was the compounding effects of racism on African American veterans diagnosed with PTSD that can significantly impact their overall health and ultimately their PTSD diagnosis. The National Center for PTSD does not recognize race-related stress as a significant factor when diagnosing the existence or severity of PTSD in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The purpose of this qualitative, phenomenological study was to explore if racism (whether it be overt, covert, or micro-aggressions) over a lifetime had a significant impact on the overall health and ultimately the PTSD diagnosis of the participants. One research question guided this study: What are the lived experiences of African American military veterans diagnosed with PTSD regarding race-related stress? This study was performed through the lens of Intergenerational Transmission theory and used Van Manen’s framework to analyze the data. During the analysis process, four themes emerged to answer the research question. They were: A distrust of the police and the justice system exists; Life-threatening racist events; The military is not immune to racism and discrimination; Race-related stress has lasting implications. The findings of this study resulted in several implications: The participants did not hold the police and justice system in high regard; Life threatening racists events can cause disruptions to the person that experienced it directly or transferred to other generations; While the military may represent the best from of racial equality in the United States, covert and overt practices of racism still remain. Based on the findings of this study, it was concluded that the effects of race-related stress combined with a PTSD diagnosis can change the body, human relations, daily routines, and a loss of time. This study also supported the veracity of intergenerational transmission theory.
|Commitee:||Hansman, Erin, Shriner, Michael|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Military studies, Black studies, Mental health, African American Studies|
|Keywords:||PTSD, Racism, Stess, Veteran|
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