The impact of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on our combat veterans and their families is extensive. Without support, negative outlook, lack of trust in others, negative perception of self, and lack of trust in one’s judgment persist. The support of loved ones is essential to treatment adherence and rehabilitation (Meis, Barry, Kehle, Erbes, & Polusny, 2010). The Veterans Administration (VA) has been using canines to assist combat veterans in reintegrating into civilian life, and most currently as a part of psychological therapy (Rubenstein, 2012). This research examined the impact of receiving and training a service dog on combat veterans with PTSD using Stake’s collective case study model. Interviews were conducted with fifteen combat veterans diagnosed with PTSD participating in a 14-week program for receiving and training their own service dog. Anger symptom severity decreases were reported, which had the residual effects of improved relationships and socialization.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Anger, Relationships, Socialization, Service Dogs, Qualitative Study, Multiple Case Study
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Scotland-Coogan, D. (2019). Relationships, Socialization and Combat Veterans: The Impact of Receiving and Training a Service Dog. The Qualitative Report, 24(8), 1897-1914. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2019.3590