Date of Award

5-1-2007

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

Ph.D.

First Advisor

Richard Lyle, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study examines the factors that lead veterans with post traumatic stress disorder to choose not to establish a continuum of care at Veteran's Hospital to alleviate the psychosocial and psychological dysfunction in their lives. Sixty-five (65) respondents were selected for the study utilizing non-probability convenience sampling. The survey respondents were comprised of military veterans who participated in or near a combat zone. The survey questionnaire utilized a self assessment survey, a four point Likert scale. The findings of this study indicated that over (95%) of the (65) veterans surveyed disagree with the service quality provided at the VA Hospital. However, (63.1%) of the respondents have a diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and do not participate in any mental health services.

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