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Creation Date

Spring 2017

Major

Recreation and Park Administration

Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Degree

Graduate

Mentor

Michelle Davis Gerken

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Abstract

There are many costs of war that being famine, destruction, loss of life, disabilities, and Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to name a few. PTSD is less visible and more resistant to conventional therapies (Lundberg, 2011). Per the 2016 Wounded Warrior Project Survey, 76.7% of veterans self-reported PTSD in 2016. As an anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has numerous negative effects in various life domains. A person diagnosed with PTSD experiences significant distress or impairment in their social, occupational or other important functional areas (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Veterans returning from military service with acquired physical disabilities, PTSD, TBI, and depression (Tanielian & Jaycox, 2008) are potentially at risk of experiencing low quality of life, negative mood states, and potentially low perceived competence. The purpose of this study is to examine the different ways that Therapeutic Recreation can not only help veterans suffering from PTSD, however we will also look at the overall quality of life, mood states, and perceived competence. The results of this study confirm the ability of adaptive sports and recreation activities to reduce negative mood states such as: tension, depression, and anger (Lundberg, 2010).

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