Identity Adjustment Among Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans With Reintegration Difficulty

Robert J. Orazem, Patricia A. Frazier, Paula P. Schnurr, Heather E. Oleson, Kathleen Carlson, Brett T. Litz, Nina A. Sayer

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Abstract

Objective: To examine perceptions of identity adjustment in a diverse, national sample of U.S. veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Method: The authors conducted a planned thematic analysis of text written by Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans when they were asked to describe their reintegration difficulties as part of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of online expressive writing (Sayer et al., 2015). Participants were 100 randomly selected veterans from the larger study (42 women and 58 men, 60 active duty and 38 reserves or National Guard). Results: Nearly 2/3s of participants wrote about their identity adjustment. The 5 interrelated areas of identity adjustment difficulty were (a) feeling like one does not belong in civilian society, (b) missing the military's culture and structured lifestyle,

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPsychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
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StateAccepted/In press - Nov 28 2016

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Social Adjustment
Afghanistan
Iraq
Veterans
Life Style
Emotions
Randomized Controlled Trials
Warfare

Keywords

  • Community reintegration
  • Identity adjustment
  • Postdeployment functioning
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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Identity Adjustment Among Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans With Reintegration Difficulty. / Orazem, Robert J.; Frazier, Patricia A.; Schnurr, Paula P.; Oleson, Heather E.; Carlson, Kathleen; Litz, Brett T.; Sayer, Nina A.

In: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 28.11.2016.

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Orazem, Robert J. ; Frazier, Patricia A. ; Schnurr, Paula P. ; Oleson, Heather E. ; Carlson, Kathleen ; Litz, Brett T. ; Sayer, Nina A. / Identity Adjustment Among Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans With Reintegration Difficulty. In: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 2016.
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