Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Military veterans and their quality of life upon returning from a war combat deployment
by Peterson, Emily, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 110; 1486517
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to discover and capture the feelings, attitudes, and perceptions of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their quality of life upon returning from a war-combat deployment. Data was collected by conducting 18 one-on-one interviews with veterans in the age range from 23-58 years old.

The study found that most of the participants had problems upon returning from a war-combat zone and when getting out of the military transitioning to life as a civilian, especially with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The veterans either came from dysfunctional families or had distanced themselves from contacting their families.

Future research is needed on the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Recommendations include screening the veterans before joining the military and after returning from a deployment, as well as providing ongoing services, such as counseling and follow-up care even after they are out of the military and living life as a civilian.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lee, Cheryl D.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Military studies
Publication Number: 1486517
ISBN: 978-1-124-25140-0
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