Date of Award

12-2019

Rights

© 2019 T'Challa Azhar Stuckey

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Ella Benson

Second Advisor

Michelle Collay

Third Advisor

Karen M. Sumpter

Abstract

Psychological distress due to military operations is impacting returning veterans mentally and physically. The purpose of exploring literature relating to veterans is to determine if mindfulness-based interventions (MBI) are beneficial in managing the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Data generated by the research question “What are the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness-based interventions, if any, in managing the symptoms of PTSD among veterans?” were explored to determine the effectiveness of using mindfulness-based coping skills to manage symptoms such as hyperarousal, intrusive recollections, and avoidance. The studies that were analyzed reported on veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and have used mindfulness-based interventions to manage symptoms relating to PTSD. Data collected during the content analysis pertained to the general demographic of subjects in the studies, including the number of veterans and completers, selected MBI, and results of MBI. A total of 24 scholarly articles were analyzed for the study. This content analysis demonstrated that mindfulness-based interventions are an effective evidence-based treatment for veterans to cope with trauma and operational stress injuries.

Comments

Ed.D. Dissertation

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