Date of Award

2-13-2013

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Lynda M. Federoff, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Dasen Luo, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Cora Lou Sherburne, Ph.D.

Abstract

The identification of predictors for combat-related PTSD has been a subject of scientific inquiry for decades. Using a sample of United States Marine Corps Reservists (N=121), this study investigated whether trauma prior to military enlistment could be a predictor for symptomatology and severity of combat-related PTSD, depression, and alcohol abuse. Results did not indicate any significant differences in PTSD, depression, and alcohol abuse symptomatology between Marines who have experienced pre-military trauma and those who have not, although many of the mean scores were found to be in the hypothesized direction. The implications of these findings on future research are discussed.

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