Abstract

Combat veterans have been found to experience difficulties with community reintegration after coming back from their deployments. Many of them experience physical and mental injuries from their deployment, such as mild traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and amputations. Combat veterans not having effective treatment for these injuries can contribute to issues with community reintegration. These issues can consist of marital and financial problems, problems with alcohol or substance abuse, homelessness, and motor vehicle accidents. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the United States military have put forth efforts with improving community reintegration for combat veterans; one of those efforts is better utilizing the profession of occupational therapy. Occupational therapy provides a holistic approach to combat veterans with mild traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and amputations and has been shown to have several beneficial interventions when working with this population. The objective of this systematic review is to analyze the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions on combat veterans experiencing difficulties with community reintegration.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2021

Mentor

Julie A. Duckart

Mentor Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level

Bachelors

Department

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

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