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ERIC Number: ED347331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Stepchildren of Archaoes: An Ethnography of a Support Group for Vietnam Veterans at the Florida State University Campus.
Horan, Michael
A study of a subculture of Vietnam veterans on the Florida State University campus in 1989 uncovered a small, informal, and low-key group of men and women. The literature showed that the returning Vietnam veteran faced negative images and was a student misfit; the college experience of many was one of quiet desperation as they attempted to escape the image many people had of them; military duty had a negative effect upon post-military achievement; and this population faced special post-war readjustment problems. Information was gathered about the support group of Vietnam veteran students by observing and interacting with them. Several members completed a brief survey instrument that collected demographic details. The group met on an irregular basis to share the camaraderie of their military and college experiences. The primary purpose of the group was to provide social, academic, and emotional support for each other. Members had concerns similar to other students--education, careers, future jobs, welfare of their children, and the manner in which they are able to get their needs met. One purpose of the study was to assess the extent to which Vietnam veteran students had recovered from their wartime experiences and how well they were integrated into society. Positive answers to both concerns reflected the tenacity of these veterans. (Appendixes include a taxonomy of subculture language used by Vietnam veterans, the survey instrument, and a list of 15 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Florida State University