UK Armed Forces Families Strategy 2022-2032

Method: Qualitative

Veterans’ Preferences for Exchanging Information Using Veterans Affairs Health Information Technologies: Focus Group Results and Modeling Simulations

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has multiple health information technology (HIT) resources for veterans to support their health care management. These include a patient portal, VetLink Kiosks, mobile apps, …

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Posttraumatic stress disorder and interpersonal process in homeless veterans participating in a peer mentoring intervention: Associations with program benefit

Homelessness among veterans has dropped dramatically since the expansion of services for homeless veterans in 2009, and now engaging homeless veterans in existing programs will be important to continuing to …

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Body image and psychosocial well-being among UK military personnel and veterans who sustained appearance-altering conflict injuries

This study highlights the psychosocial experiences and unmet support needs of personnel and veterans who sustained appearance-altering injuries (e.g., scarring and limb loss). Findings can inform the development of interventions …

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Web-Based Problem-solving Training With and Without Peer Support in Veterans With Unmet Mental Health Needs: Pilot Study of Feasibility, User Acceptability, and Participant Engagement

eHealth tools have the potential to meet the mental health needs of individuals who experience barriers to accessing in-person treatment. However, most users have less than optimal engagement with eHealth …

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Barriers and facilitators of help seeking among morally injured Canadian Armed Forces Veterans and service members: A qualitative analysis

Moral injury (MI) refers to the psycho-spiritual consequences of extremely challenging events that threaten one’s moral beliefs and core values. MI is characterized by intense shame, guilt, anger, loss of …

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Sustained positive behaviour change of wounded, injured and sick UK military following an adaptive adventure sports and health coaching recovery course

This study offers a novel contribution and significant extension to existing literature by highlighting the enduring impacts of adaptive sports and adventure training programmes in activating UK WIS military personnel …

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Exit Wounds

In this report, members of the veteran LGBTQ+ community share their lived experiences of life before, during and after service in the UK military.

The Invisible Man

For this research, male veterans shared their lived experience of military sexual trauma in the British Armed Forces.

Resilience to Suicidal Ideation among U.S. Military Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study

Veterans with combat exposure experience high rates of posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) and associated suicidal ideation. The current study examined whether social support (i.e., social connectedness and social engagement) and …

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Building Connections through Sport and Physical Activity for Ill and Injured Military Members and Veterans: Determining the Optimal Time for Program Involvement

Research has shown that physical fitness can benefit individuals with an injury or illness, enhancing their psycho-social health and well-being. The Soldier On program supports Canadian Armed Forces personnel and …

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Depth and breadth of Canadian military, Veteran and family research: The first decade of Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research Forums

The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) was established in 2010 by Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada in consultation with key personnel from …

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Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse among Civilian Partners of UK Military Personnel: Perceptions of the Impact of Military Life and Experiences of Help-seeking and Support

This report explores the unique experiences of and challenges faced by civilian victim-survivors of abuse occurring within intimate relationships with military or ex-military personnel. The research centres on discussions around …

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Maximising Operational Effectiveness: Exploring Stigma, Militarism, and the Normative Connections to Military Partners’ Support-Seeking

Partners of serving personnel encounter numerous challenges when managing military-related demands, particularly due to deployments and other related separations. Challenges include taking responsibility for children and households, conflict when military …

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Sexual (mis)conduct in the Canadian forces

This paper delves into findings that Canadian Armed Forces culture is gendered and misogynistic. It looks into related issues and what may be contributing to this culture.

Student Veterans’ Participation in High-Impact Practices: Veterans’ Experiences at Three Institutions of Higher Education in Southeastern North Carolina

This study sought to understand the perception and engagement of student veterans with specified techniques and designs for teaching that have proven beneficial for student engagement (HIP). Semi-structured interviews were …

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“My Understanding … Has Literally Changed”: Addressing the Military-Civilian Gap with an Academic-Community Engagement Project

This article analyzes final reflections of 44 business communication students who completed an academic-community engagement project. Analysis of the reflections shows that such service-learning projects increase civilian students’ knowledge of …

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Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers put their training into practice

“Fall Out”: Substance misuse and service leavers: a qualitative investigation into the impact of a Compulsory Drug Test (CDT) discharge. Briefing Report

This briefing report accompanies the full report, available to read here. The Fall Out study, through qualitative enquiry, maps participant journeys in, through and out of military service and explores …

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The Royal Anglian Regiment at the Castlemartin Ranges

“Fall Out”: Substance misuse and service leavers: a qualitative investigation into the impact of a Compulsory Drug Test (CDT) discharge

The Fall Out study, through qualitative enquiry, maps participant journeys in, through and out of military service and explores their discharge and transition experiences. It provides clear recommendations for the …

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The evolution of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the UK Armed Forces: Traumatic exposures in Iraq & Afghanistan and responses of distress (TRIAD study)

This report details a study to examine how symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder evolve over time, to identify vulnerability and protective factors that impact on symptoms and to explore post-service …

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Understanding the Link Between Traumatic Brain Injury Accompanied by Loss of Consciousness and Well-Being: A Sample of UK Military Veterans

This piece of research aims to understand the link between traumatic brain injury plus loss of consciousness (TBI+LOC). Using clinical records 3335 treatment seeking veterans were identified, of which 403 …

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A Study of Rural and Native-American Students’ Military Identities, Military Family History, and Reading and Writing Interests in a Military-friendly, Military-themed Composition Course

This article discusses a three-year case study conducted at a comprehensive research university and a regional university in Oklahoma. The study involves 74 service-members/veterans, 18 military spouses, and 95 nonveterans, …

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Supporting the Transition of Military Personnel (SToMP): Ex-Armed Service Personnel, Healthy Relationships and Domestic Abuse: A Qualitative Study

This research explores whether particular issues arise for this cohort when forming and sustaining healthy relationships and what services could potentially assist in avoiding domestic abuse perpetration and contact with …

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Making the Benefits System Fit for Service: Improving Support for Veterans with Military Compensation (full report and executive summary available)

This report examines the interaction between welfare benefits and Armed Forces compensation. The experiences of the Armed Forces provide a unique perspective on the workings of the social security system. …

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Parental suicide

This article reports preliminary findings of research exploring adult experiences of childhood or adult losses after parental suicide.

Using thematic analysis in psychology

This paper outlines what thematic analysis is, including in relation to other qualitative methods that search for themes and patterns, and in relation to different epistemological and ontological positions.

“Hero-Worship” or “Manipulative and Oversimplifying”: How America’s Current and Former Military Service Members Perceive Military-Related News Reporting

This paper examines the perceptions of military related journalism among the military population. Using data gathered from interviews with military service personnel and veterans this research hoped to provide additional …

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