ERIC Number: EJ1212791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Health-Related Quality of Life: A Qualitative Exploration of Employment Concerns of Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Dillahunt-Aspillaga, Christina; Haun, Jolie; Lind, Jason D.; Patel, Nitin; Antinori, Nicole; Luther, Stephen L.
Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, v33 n1 p24-40 2019
Background/Purpose: Military veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and increased rates of unemployment compared to civilian populations. Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is identified as a key outcome of long-term health and well-being. The purpose of this article is to (a) explore how employment concerns of veterans with deployment-related (DR) PTSD are associated with HRQOL outcomes, and (b) discuss implications for rehabilitation research, policy, and education. Objective: To (a) explore how employment concerns of veterans with deployment-related (DR) PTSD are associated with HRQOL outcomes and (b) discuss implications for rehabilitation research, policy and education. Setting: Three Veterans Health Administration Centers (VHAs). Design/Method: Descriptive qualitative study examining employment-related domains identified through focus groups. Findings: Sample consisted of 58 veterans with DR-PTSD (N = 9). Veterans report that HRQOL is affected by PTSD and unemployment. Specifically, themes emerged in the areas of anger, social roles/relationships, task performance, avoidance/isolation, hypervigilance, control over the environment, violence/aggression, and sleep interference. Conclusion: Currently, there are limited measures of HRQOL and employment in veterans with DR-PTSD. This understanding may contribute to development of a more relevant and sensitive measure of DR-PTSD HRQOL, which may facilitate improved research, program evaluation, and clinical practice. Rehabilitation counselors are well positioned to provide services to veterans, but may lack the educational foundation and training needed to support this unique population. Development of military-specific training and curriculum is needed.
Descriptors: Veterans, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Quality of Life, Health, Well Being, Employment, Unemployment, Rehabilitation, Psychological Patterns, Interpersonal Relationship, Social Isolation, Violence, Aggression, Sleep, Rehabilitation Counseling, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Locus of Control
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