Well-being and Coping of Student Veterans Readjusting into Academia: A Pilot Survey

Brian T. Gregg, Patrick H. Kitzman, Anne Shordike

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ABSTRACT: This study explored student veterans coping with transitions to postsecondary education. An instrument using a Tailored Survey Design and an Adult Transitioning Framework was developed to collect coping responses of 13 veterans with deployment experience transitioning to postsecondary education. Results indicated 38% reported difficulty managing finances, 93% utilized military training to manage stressors, and 38% sought environmental supports provided by the university. Findings suggest previous military experiences can be incorporated into occupations supporting individual coping skill development for the transition to postsecondary education. Further research is needed to understand barriers and facilitators of student veteran engagement in university resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-107
Number of pages22
JournalOccupational Therapy in Mental Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016

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  • Coping
  • Transition
  • student veteran

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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