Date of Award

8-2016

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Executive Leadership

First Supervisor

Kim VanDerLinden

Abstract

Student veteran enrollment in college is increasing at a significant rate and colleges are struggling to serve this population. Although research has indicated that college veteran academic performance is on par with nonveteran peers, college veterans are more likely to experience challenges related to mental and physical health. The purpose of this study was to understand better the help-seeking attitudes of veterans toward academic and psychological services so that colleges might enhance student veteran services. The research utilized a quantitative methodology to obtain help-seeking attitude data from college veteran participants. A survey was administered electronically to college veterans attending two State University of New York colleges. The results of the survey indicated that college veterans hold generally positive help-seeking attitudes toward academic and psychological services. Furthermore, the results indicated no significant difference between the help-seeking attitudes of veterans who experienced combat and veterans who had not experienced combat. The implications of these results are that college veterans find value in academic and psychological services and help-seeking attitudes may not impact veteran help-seeking behavior. Moreover, combat experience may not have an impact on help-seeking attitudes and further research on other possible contributing factors may be of value.

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