Master of Science (MS)
Adventure Sport, Female Veterans, Outdoor Recreation, PTSD Therapy, Veterans
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Educational Psychology | Sports Management
Smith, Julia, "Warrior Health: A Study of Female Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms who Engage in Outdoor Adventure Recreation" (2016). Masters Theses. 430.
The purpose of this study was to show the impact of outdoor adventure recreation on female veterans who have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study followed a phenomenological approach in order to gain an overall view of what the veterans experienced, using observation and interviews in order to gather information. Conclusions showed female veterans desire female-veteran-only activities; desire relationships with fellow female veterans; and enjoy outdoor adventure recreation that includes teamwork, planned activities, and relaxation. In order to ensure the best possible avenue for PTSD health in female veterans, future research may include a focus on the impact of repeatable trips, more interviews over an extended period of time, as well as, how outdoor adventure recreation is perceived and accepted by different sample groups of female veterans.