Abigail Nicole Herrmann


Presentation: 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom



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There is little research about the subgroup of Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets, especially none that focus on their mental health and the coping strategies they use to adjust to both the college atmosphere and military culture. Therefore, research will be conducted on Army ROTC cadets across the nation to better understand how the added pressure, commitments, and responsibilities affect cadets. The purpose of this project is to compare the mental health of Army ROTC cadets to national mental health trends among the general college student population to further explore some of the differences in this subgroup and learn how to help them better transition into these new environments. The participants in this study will be Army ROTC cadets across the nation. A survey will be distributed through social media outlets, especially through GroupMe chats and snowball sampling will be conducted to help expand the sample size and participation in this research study. The results from the survey will then be converted into percentages and compared to the data collected annually from the American College Health Association. Some of these findings may be categorized according to race, gender, age, and prior service to further evaluate groups who may be affected more while striving to integrate into both these cultures. These results will be used to help Army ROTC programs and college campuses across the nation better understand some of the difficulties this subgroup may be experiencing and use this information to develop more programs and resources to help ease the transition into both a college atmosphere and the military culture.

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Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Mark A. Morgan

Primary Advisor's Department

Criminal Justice and Security Studies


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Good Health and Well-Being; Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

Mental Health Among Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Cadets