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Soc. Sci. 2015, 4(4), 909-924;

Exploring Student Service Members/Veterans Social Support and Campus Climate in the Context of Recovery

Department of Social Work, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8226, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Martin J. Bull
Received: 4 May 2015 / Revised: 9 September 2015 / Accepted: 17 September 2015 / Published: 24 September 2015
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Now that the financial needs of post 9/11 student service members/veterans have begun to be addressed, the attention has shifted to disabilities and recovery strategies of student service members/veterans. Therefore, in a cross sectional design, this study electronically surveyed 189 enrolled student service members/veterans attending a large urban state university about their experiences of returning to school. Specifically, this study described the students’ rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and alcohol abuse, perceived stress, adaptive and non-adaptive coping strategies, social support, participation in campus activities, and perceived campus climate. Moreover, correlates of recovery were examined. Although the majority of the returning students were doing well, 36.1% reported a high level of stress, 15.1% reported a high level of anger, 17.3% reported active symptoms of PTSD, and 27.1% screened positive for alcohol problems. Social networks were found to be the most salient factor in recovery. The study’s limitations are discussed and specific support strategies are presented that can be employed by disability services, counseling services and college administrators. View Full-Text
Keywords: veteran recovery; college counseling; student service members/veterans veteran recovery; college counseling; student service members/veterans
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Love, S.M.; Levin, A.; Park, H.-S. Exploring Student Service Members/Veterans Social Support and Campus Climate in the Context of Recovery. Soc. Sci. 2015, 4, 909-924.

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