ORCID Identifier(s)

0000-0001-9340-3121

Graduation Semester and Year

2017

Language

English

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

John Bricout

Abstract

Three papers on military-related posttraumatic stress and emotional numbing symptoms are proposed for this three-paper dissertation. The first paper will be a systematic review of the literature on the psychosocial impact of combat-related emotional numbing symptoms in veterans. The second paper will utilize a phenomenological approach to analyze veteran’s posttraumatic stress stories using transcripts of ‘milvlogs’ (military video web blogs) and interviews with vloggers. The third paper will present the results of a pilot study analyzing the impact of a single session of heart rate variability biofeedback on military-related emotional numbing symptoms and the use of a mobile phone app to reinforce practice. In aggregate, these three papers underscore the impact of emotional numbing symptoms in military populations with posttraumatic stress injury, and alternative paths to healing that utilize technology.

Keywords

Emotional numbing, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Military, Veterans

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work

Comments

Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington

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Social Work Commons

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