Brustad, Robert

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Babkes-Stellino, Megan

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Carson, Russell L.


School of Sport and Exercise Science


University of Northern Colorado

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Greeley (Colo.)


University of Northern Colorado

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175 pages

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Transitioning from military culture to a civilian and student environment can become a challenge for many military members. Additionally, high levels of anxiety, depression, PTSD and elevated percentages of suicidal thoughts have been increasing for this population (Rudd, Goulding, & Bryan, 2011). These social concerns and mental health struggles for this population highlight the urgency in the provision of more resources and efforts to address their psychological well-being (PWB) and increase the chances of success in the college environment. The purpose of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of the influence of a mindful yoga intervention on the psychological well-being of student veterans. This study also examined the initial characteristics of participants and their motivation during the mindful yoga intervention, as possible influences on the effects of the intervention for their psychological wellbeing. An embedded mixed methods design was used to structure this research. Participants in this study were seven undergraduate level student veterans, with a mean age of 27.2 years. An 8-week yoga intervention was delivered by the researcher Interviews were conducted individually before and after the intervention, as well as an assessment of PWB. Instruments assessing motivation were applied weekly after each yoga session. The main finding from this study was that the participants perceived that the mindful yoga intervention had a favorable effect on their PWB. Differences in perceived outcomes did not seem to exist among the participants in relation to their initial motives for participation and their motivation levels. Authorities in higher education settings, including Veteran Services and Recreation departments should consider the particular needs, including strengthening the need for structure and a sense of relatedness, in this population when designing programs for student veterans to contribute to their improved well-being and increase the possibilities of their success as members of the college community.

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