Effects of Coping on Quality of Life in Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Combat experience can include traumas which impact numerous aspects of life, including one’s mental and physical health, and coping has been identified as one possible mitigating factor. In addition to coping in general, religious coping might be particularly relevant for coping with trauma, given that a person’s religious framework can serve as an interpretive lens for such stressors. Consequently, treatment models focused on improving coping skills, via increased use of adaptive and decreased use of maladaptive coping strategies, might provide an enhanced quality of life. Thus, the current study was an investigation of the potential unique effects of coping on quality of life for veterans in residential treatment. General and religious coping were both uniquely related to various facets of subjective quality of life, both cross-sectionally and over time. Findings suggest that treatment for those with severe combat-related PTSD should address both general and religious coping strategies as part of a comprehensive protocol.
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD)
Bjorck, Jeffrey P.
Veterans, Mental health, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Spiritual exercises, Quality of life