Author

John C. Smith

Date of Award

5-1-1990

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Abstract

This study explored the role of social supports as a factor which may be associated with symptomatology of combat related stress problems in Vietnam veterans. It attempted to determine if there is a significant relationship between the dependent variable, stress reactions, and the four independent variables, combat experience, current life stresses/supports, life stresses and supports at time of treatment, and life stresses/supports at time of return from Vietnam. A convenience sampling of 35 male Vietnam veterans was conducted in studying the relationship. The major findings in the study revealed that there is a significant relationship between stress reactions and combat experience, current life stresses/supports, life stresses/supports at time of treatment, and life stresses/supports at time of return from Vietnam.

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