Coping Resources and Quality of Life in African American Male Vietnam Veterans

Date of Award


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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Mark M. Leach

Advisor Department



African American veterans have served in every major war fought by the United States yet there is a paucity of information regarding their resources for coping and perceived quality of life. The present investigation examines the influence of coping resources, quality of life and adjustment on outpatient African American Vietnam veterans with and without the diagnosis of combat-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Participants were 50 African American (25 PTSD diagnosed, 25 non-diagnosed PTSD) veterans presenting for individual or group therapy at either a veteran center, veteran clinic, or Veterans Affairs Medical Center PTSD program located in the Southeastern United States. Willing participants were given the Coping Resources Inventory (CRI), Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI), and Symptom Checklist-90-Revised (SCL-90-R) respectively. Veterans with the diagnosis of PTSD were found to have a significantly lower quality of life and level of adjustment than veterans without the diagnosed disorder. Moreover, results suggest that the quality of life in veterans with the diagnosis of PTSD is related to their coping resources. Findings and implications for treatment are discussed.