Date Approved


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Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department or School

Leadership and Counseling

Committee Member

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Ph.D., Co-Chair

Committee Member

David M. Anderson, Ed.D., Co-Chair

Committee Member

Jaclynn C. Tracy, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Robert D. Carpenter, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Marcia Valenstein, M.D., M.S.


This study examined female student veterans as they pertain to Schlossberg's Theory of Transition (1981), which asserts that many life events influence one’s ability to adapt when transitioning from one role to another in a linear fashion. The results of this study reveal that the participants viewed change not as a transition, but that they faced conflict from competing roles and stressors. Their attainment of their goals resulted from their ability to be resilient.

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