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A Social Capital Approach to Assisting Veterans Through Recovery and Desistance Transitions in Civilian Life

September, 2015
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This article explores the concept of transition and pays attention to some of the difficulties a minority of veterans can face during this time, such as involvement in the criminal justice system. This research takes the view that this transitional process is grounded in social relationships and community, and so comradeship and mutual resilience can be developed to provide support to those in transition.

Abstract

While only a minority of veterans experience transitional difficulties after military service, there is increasing recognition of the unique challenges that some veterans face, including involvement with the criminal justice system, mental health problems and substance misuse. There is growing acknowledgment that both recovery from substance misuse and desistance from crime are lived transitional processes grounded in social relationships and community. This article reports on the potential of the comradeship and mutual resilience that underpin military life being redirected to support recovery and desistance journeys, through assertive linkage to peer support and community activities, describing a new initiative and an innovative evaluation model.

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Albertson, K., Irving, J. and Best, D. A Social Capital Approach to Assisting Veterans Through Recovery and Desistance Transitions in Civilian Life. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 54(4), pp. 384-396.

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