ERIC Number: EJ1074662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
The Role of Psychological Symptomatology and Social Support in the Academic Adjustment of Previously Deployed Student Veterans
Campbell, Robyn; Riggs, Shelley A.
Journal of American College Health, v63 n7 p473-481 2015
Context: Research has indicated that returning Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans are experiencing mental health concerns following deployment. Increasing numbers of veterans are enrolling in higher education institutions; there is a scarcity of empirical research investigating student veterans' experiences as they transition into college. Objective: To examine the effects of psychological distress and social support on academic adjustment among a sample of student veterans who were previously deployed. Design, Setting, and Participants: Participants were 117 military veterans enrolled in college. Questionnaires were administered via SurveyMonkey from June 2012 to April 2013. Results: Results indicated that military unit support during deployment, current social support, anxiety, and posttraumatic symptoms, but not depressive symptoms, were significantly associated with academic adjustment. Conclusions: Results from the current study can be used by college administrators and counseling centers to improve service delivery and programming specifically for student veterans.
Descriptors: Veterans, College Students, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Mental Health, Mental Disorders, Student Adjustment, Social Support Groups, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression (Psychology), Correlation, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Impact of Event Scale; Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire