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The Transformative Nature of Fly-Fishing for Veterans and Military Personnel with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

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  • Additional Information
    • Affiliation:
      Associate professor in the Department of Recreation Management and Policy at the University of New Hampshire
      Residential Substance Abuse/Post-Traumatic Stress Unit at the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Boise, Idaho
      Assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire
      Adjunct instructor at Hunter College, CUNY
      New York University, Department of Applied Psychology, New York City, NY
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    • Abstract:
      Grounded in the leisure-coping framework (Kleiber et al., 2002; 2008), this phenomenological study utilized a focus group method to explore the meaning of fly-fishing for veterans and military personnel with PTSD. This study also explored ways in which fly-fishing may serve as a coping resource in transcending negative life events, such as PTSD, as it helps move veterans and military personnel toward personal transformation and posttraumatic growth (PTG). A total of nine participants from the Project Healing Waters Fly-Fishing program participated in two focus groups to understand how fly-fishing impacts PTSD symptom management and to identify aspects of the program that may be responsible for symptom reduction and growth among this population. Four themes emerged from the data, suggesting fly-fishing: (a) serves as a breather from the negative impact of PTSD, (b) sustains coping effort and commitment, (c) restores control by alleviating PTSD symptoms, and (d) can serve as a context for personal transformation and posttraumatic growth. Implications for practice are provided.
    • Journal Subset:
      Allied Health; Peer Reviewed; USA
    • ISSN:
      0040-5914
    • MEDLINE Info:
      NLM UID: 0230530
    • Publication Date:
      20200609
    • Publication Date:
      20200611
    • Accession Number:
      10.18666/TRJ-2020-V54-I2-9965
    • Accession Number:
      143624488
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      CRAIG, P. J. et al. The Transformative Nature of Fly-Fishing for Veterans and Military Personnel with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, [s. l.], v. 54, n. 2, p. 150–172, 2020. DOI 10.18666/TRJ-2020-V54-I2-9965. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=143624488. Acesso em: 2 dez. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Craig PJ, Alger DM, Bennett JL, Martin TP. The Transformative Nature of Fly-Fishing for Veterans and Military Personnel with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Therapeutic Recreation Journal. 2020;54(2):150-172. doi:10.18666/TRJ-2020-V54-I2-9965
    • APA:
      Craig, P. J., Alger, D. M., Bennett, J. L., & Martin, T. P. (2020). The Transformative Nature of Fly-Fishing for Veterans and Military Personnel with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 54(2), 150–172. https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2020-V54-I2-9965
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Craig, Patti J., Dustin M. Alger, Jessie L. Bennett, and Tamar P. Martin. 2020. “The Transformative Nature of Fly-Fishing for Veterans and Military Personnel with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.” Therapeutic Recreation Journal 54 (2): 150–72. doi:10.18666/TRJ-2020-V54-I2-9965.
    • Harvard:
      Craig, P. J. et al. (2020) ‘The Transformative Nature of Fly-Fishing for Veterans and Military Personnel with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder’, Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 54(2), pp. 150–172. doi: 10.18666/TRJ-2020-V54-I2-9965.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Craig, PJ, Alger, DM, Bennett, JL & Martin, TP 2020, ‘The Transformative Nature of Fly-Fishing for Veterans and Military Personnel with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder’, Therapeutic Recreation Journal, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 150–172, viewed 2 December 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Craig, Patti J., et al. “The Transformative Nature of Fly-Fishing for Veterans and Military Personnel with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.” Therapeutic Recreation Journal, vol. 54, no. 2, Apr. 2020, pp. 150–172. EBSCOhost, doi:10.18666/TRJ-2020-V54-I2-9965.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Craig, Patti J., Dustin M. Alger, Jessie L. Bennett, and Tamar P. Martin. “The Transformative Nature of Fly-Fishing for Veterans and Military Personnel with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.” Therapeutic Recreation Journal 54, no. 2 (April 2020): 150–72. doi:10.18666/TRJ-2020-V54-I2-9965.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Craig PJ, Alger DM, Bennett JL, Martin TP. The Transformative Nature of Fly-Fishing for Veterans and Military Personnel with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Therapeutic Recreation Journal [Internet]. 2020 Apr [cited 2020 Dec 2];54(2):150–72. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=143624488