The moderating influence of personality on combat veterans transitioning into civilian college life

by Jason L. Davis

Institution: University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
Year: 2015
Keywords: Veterans  – Psychology; Psychology, Military; Combat  – Psychological aspects; Veteran reintegration  – United States; Veterans  – Education  – United States
Record ID: 2061517
Full text PDF: http://scholar.utc.edu/theses/179


Combat veterans returning to a civilian lifestyle are assisted in many ways during their transition. These services are not only demonstrations of patriotic support, but are typically intended to aid veterans with their transition. The transition for combat veterans is, in many ways, completely different from what most of us will ever experience. Several factors may influence the overall success of this transition for veterans. This study examined the relationship between veterans’ combat experiences and their transition into civilian college life. The constructs of transition were defined by grade point average (GPA) and current well-being. The influence of certain personality traits on this relationship was considered and evaluated. Combat experience was found to have a slight negative relationship to both GPA and well-being. Personality factors such as extraversion, emotionality, and conscientiousness were found to have some potential influence on this relationship. The implications of these findings are discussed.