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Evaluating Transitioning U.S. Military Personnel – Levels of Positionality and Hope Toward Civilian Sector Acculturation
by Hall, Chaunte' Nicole, D.B.A., Trident University International, 2021, 216; 28317722
Abstract (Summary)

EVALUATING TRANSITIONING US MILITARY PERSONNEL – LEVELS OF POSITIONALITY AND HOPE TOWARD CIVLIAN SECTOR ACCULTURATIONTrident at American InterContinental University [2020]Contemporary peer-reviewed research universally contends suicide manifests as a result of a series of complex interactions between risk and protective factors, at mixed and varied stages, and at multifaceted levels. Clinical advancements in predictive modeling platforms addressing individual likelihood toward suicidal ideation or suicide among transitioning U.S. military service members, identifying root attributions remain elusive. Attempts addressing such over the previous decade has witnessed, DOD, Veterans Affairs and Veterans Health Administration collaborative progression toward establishing a coherent operational infrastructure for modeling predictive prevention strategies. Yet despite lauded efforts and strengthened collaboration, nationwide estimates identify 20-22 military service members succumbing each day from suicide. Particularly troubling, of the total active duty and veteran population, the cohort identified as most vulnerable is the population identified as within the first three months of transition from military service commitment to the civilian sector. Among numerous studies examining various approaches to developing risk assessment, predictive modeling, or varied-level intervention practices, few, if any, have evaluated such likelihood predictive models addressing this vulnerable cohort population. More recent research studies have sought to achieve greater understanding of the military-to-civilian transition cycle and identify plausible factors contributing to successful transition.

Research exploring challenges associated with acculturation is prompting DOD/VA stakeholders to actively engage community-based non-profit organizations. As an integral part of the stakeholder population, at present, there are more than 45,000 nonprofit Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) registered with the IRS, identified as dedicated to providing services to transitioning veterans and their families. Each of these organizations, at times, collaborate or compete to provide a wide array of services ranging from holistic health and well-being support services to education, training and employment assistance. As VSOs collegially compete to provide such services, each organization strives to develop and establish innovative practices to advance evolution of the TAP ecosystem. It is within this context that a considerable portion of VSOs have directed focus on processes that act as a force-multiplier for DOD/TAP to: a) identify/mitigate transition stress or stressors; b) anticipate or predict transition vulnerabilities; and c) measure for predictive likelihood as to positive progression toward acculturation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Guzman, Indira
Commitee: Linski, Christopher, Young, Mark
School: Trident University International
Department: College of Business Administration
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Military studies, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Acculturation, Educational Attainment, Financial Litercay, Transition, Vocational Proficiency
Publication Number: 28317722
ISBN: 9798582505266
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