Date of Award

May 2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Diane Reddy

Committee Members

Raymond Fleming, Marcellus Merritt


Coping, Functional Impairment, Interpersonal Violence, Military, Veteran


This study investigated the association between types of coping and functional impairment in active duty military and veterans (N = 57, ages 20-63). Participants completed an online survey that asked about their experiences with interpersonal violence, coping strategies in which they engage, and questions about their physical and psychological health and well-being. Disengagement coping was positively associated with functional impairment and accounted uniquely for 33.8% of the variance. These findings reveal interesting information about the types of violence this sample experienced, as well as important information about their coping strategies and how they are associated with impairment in functioning. These findings suggest the need for further research on the topic, so the results can inform programs and resources available to current and former military members.

Included in

Psychology Commons