Student Service Members/Veterans (SSM/V) are an important proportion of the college student population and may be at risk for unique mental health difficulties in comparison to civilian students. Prior research has indicated that the SSM/V population (1) is at greater risk for depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress (PTS), (2) experiences greater stigma surrounding mental health issues and treatment, (3) is more likely to engage in problematic alcohol/drug misuse, and (4) experiences greater difficulty adapting to college. Currently, there is limited research attempting to identify risk and protective factors that may exacerbate or attenuate the difficulties SSM/V may face. The present study is actively recruiting SSM/V participants (current n = 30) with the aim of identifying mental health risk/resilience factors among this understudied population. It is hypothesized that: (1) SSM/Vs will report greater rates of anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress compared to civilian student peers, and (2) SSM/Vs experience greater difficulty in adapting to college life relative to civilian students. It is further hypothesized that (3) SSM/V reported resilience will positively correlate with dispositional mindfulness and that (4) mindfulness will mediate the relationship between conflicts and adjustment to college. Participants are actively being recruited and anonymously completing study measures through an online research portal.
Quin, M., & Gawrysiak, M. (2021). Examining Student Service Members/Veterans (SSM/V) College Adjustment and Mental Health Risk-Resilience Factors. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/psych_stuwork/11