Workplace social support in job satisfaction among veterans with posttraumatic stress symptoms: A preliminary correlational study

J. I. Harris, Thad Q. Strom, Amanda G. Ferrier-Auerbach, Matthew E. Kaler, Lucas P. Hansen, Christopher R. Erbes

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Abstract

For Veterans managing PTSD symptoms, returning to vocational functioning is often challenging; identifying modifiable variables that can contribute to positive vocational adjustment is critical to improved vocational rehabilitation services. Workplace social support has proven to be important in vocational adjustment in both general population and vocational rehabilitation samples, but this area of inquiry has received little attention among Veterans with PTSD symptoms. In this small correlational study, employed Veterans (N = 63) presenting for outpatient PTSD treatment at a VA Health Care System completed surveys assessing demographic variables, PTSD symptoms, workplace social support, and job satisfaction. Workplace social support contributed to the prediction of job satisfaction. It is of note that workplace social support predicted a larger proportion of the variance in employment satisfaction than PTSD symptoms. Further research on workplace social support as a vocational rehabilitation resource for Veterans with PTSD is indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0181344
JournalPloS one
Volume12
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2017

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