A new study has found that military veterans who have started or gone back to school have a more difficult time when they use avoidance coping strategies (denying or minimizing negative thoughts and emotions). In fact, these strategies are linked to greater symptoms of depression and anxiety. The findings show, however, that emotional help and support from family members reduces the negative impact of these conditions. The researchers suggest that counseling and wellness centers at colleges and universities, where student veterans may seek help, should offer more outreach to veterans' families, including couples counseling. The findings are published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology.
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