EKU Faculty and Staff Scholarship
 

Department

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2016

Abstract

An increasing number of U.S. military veterans are entering postsecondary education with problems attributed to deployed military service. The primary objective of this research was to describe the lived experiences of student veterans transitioning from active military service to postsecondary education. Phenomenological interviews were performed with 13 student veterans who had transitioned from military deployment to postsecondary education. An overall essential meaning of “emerging in college culture” was manifested from three themes, supported by rich textural and structural descriptions of student veterans’ experiences: (1) repurposing military experiences for life as a student veteran, (2) reconstructing civilian identity, and (3) navigating postsecondary context and interactions. These findings highlight implications that may facilitate occupational therapists’ efforts in supporting the needs of student veterans.

Journal Title

American Journal of Occupational Therapy

Journal Volume

70

Journal Issue

6

Article Starting Page

1

Article Ending Page

8

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