Graduate Research Papers


Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)


Post-traumatic stress disorder--Treatment; Military social work; Iraq War, 2003-2011;


When exploring literature about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment among veterans of the Iraq War, a common theme was found; discontinuation. Why is it that veterans of other service eras such as the Vietnam and Gulf Wars were receiving treatment for their challenges after service and completing it successfully while Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation New Dawn (OND), and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) veterans were not?

This question is important to social work practice because PTSD is, and will continue to be, prevalent in our returning service members. Social workers need to be up-to-date on the most effective treatments to insure a healthy and positive outcome for our soldiers. With so many OIF, OEF, OND veterans returning home, the need for successful treatment for PTSD is extremely important for a healthy adaptation to civilian life. Although treatment is critical for all returning service men and women, the aim of this research is focused on Iraq War veterans and their alarming rates of exposure therapy drop out.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


Department of Social Work

First Advisor

Bill Downs, advisor

Date Original


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