This study compares attitudes towards employment and service-connected disabilities among substance using and non-using veterans. In practice, veterans place a high value on being employed, regardless of whether they use substances; however, veterans who used substances were more likely to express fear of losing disability benefits if they became employed. In policy, state-level agencies and programs might work with counseling centers to determine the most productive ways to address the specific employment needs of veterans with disabilities and/or substance use issues. Suggestions for future study include sampling larger populations on a randomized basis to ensure that the results found here are geographically and demographically generalizable, as well as including more diverse racial populations.
Meshberg-Cohen, S., Reid-Quiñones, K., Black, A. C., & Rosen, M. I. (2014). Veterans' attitudes toward work and disability compensation: Associations with substance abuse. Addictive Behaviors, 39(2), 445–448. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.09.005
Benefits and Compensation | Disability Studies | Military and Veterans Studies | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Substance Abuse and Addiction
Employment, Disability, Substance abuse, Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Benefits, Research brief
People with disabilities--Employment; Substance abuse; Veterans--Employment
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Veterans’ Attitudes Toward Work and Disability Compensation: Associations with Substance Abuse"" (2014). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 331.
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