ERIC Number: EJ1124162
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Do Military Veteran and Civilian Students Function Differently in College?
Smith, James G.; Vilhauer, Ruvanee P.; Chafos, Vanessa
Journal of American College Health, v65 n1 p76-79 2017
Objective: The authors sought to assess military veterans' functioning in college by comparing their experience with that of civilian students. Participants: The study, conducted from April 2012 to February 2013, included 445 civilian and 61 student service member/veteran (SSM/V) undergraduates, drawn from a community college and two 4-year Catholic colleges, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Methods: Participants completed anonymous online surveys. Six areas of functioning in transition to college were examined: Health, Fitting In, Emotional Adjustment, Productivity, Perceived Career Support, and Social Engagement. Results: Students, both SSM/V and civilian, with past exposure to a potentially traumatic event fit in worse than students without such exposure. Past exposure to trauma was associated with poorer emotional adjustment in civilian students, but not in SSM/V. Conclusions: Implications of results were discussed.
Descriptors: Veterans, Undergraduate Students, Comparative Analysis, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Church Related Colleges, Student Surveys, Online Surveys, Health, Emotional Adjustment, Productivity, Interpersonal Relationship, Trauma, Student Personnel Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania; New Jersey; New York
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