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Study Opportunity – Women Veterans Reintegrating Into Civilian Life

My name is Kristelina Gonzalez and I am a graduate student obtaining my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Irvine Campus.  I am working on my dissertation and hoping that you will help me by participating in this study. I am conducting research to further understand what factors influence the reintegration process back to civilian life for women who have served in the military, and I am seeking participation from both active duty and veteran women who reintegrated back into civilian life. I am asking for approximately 20 minutes of your time so that together we can better understand how to make the benefits of psychological assistance more available to a wide range of military personnel.

Here is a link to the Survey Monkey[ https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/women_vet_reintg ], which contains several questionnaires related to interpersonal relationships with family, friends, and peers; productivity at work, in school, or at home (e.g. Keeping up friendships with people who have no military experience?); behavior that corresponds to misuse and/or abuse of drugs (e.g. Have you used drugs other than those required for medical reasons?); extent to which the individual personally endorses the various components of the U.S. Military Culture (e.g. Live by the military moral code and value system in everything you do?); the core symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (intrusion, avoidance, numbing, arousal), and social functional impairment (e.g. How much would you get upset when stressful events or setbacks happen to you?). All participation is completely voluntary. There will be questions regarding your military service, but no identifying information is asked for or required for participation.  All the information gathered from the study will be kept in a secure location and only those directly involved with the research will have access to it.  By completing and signing the informed consent you are consenting to participate in my study. You will be asked to complete various questionnaires and surveys.  For each completed survey, I will personally make a $5.00 donation to Wounded Warrior Foundation after the completion of the study.  In order to be included in the study, you need to be 18 or older, active-duty military from any MOS, rank, or branch, with at least one year time-in-service after completion of Initial Entry Training. Should you choose to participate or not, I also ask that you please consider forwarding this email to other service members you know so that I can obtain as many participants as possible for this study.  Although your participation will not benefit you directly it will benefit and increase our knowledge about the current understanding of reintegration of women military members, especially how PTSD, military culture, drugs and alcohol play a role in the level of difficulty they experience in reintegrating.  

I thank you in advance for your participation.  If you have any questions or trouble with the survey please contact me at kgonzalez2@ego.thechicagoschool.edu