Research Index

Peace of mind: Promoting psychological growth and reducing the suffering of combat veterans

During the course of the program, 1068 participants were studied at four time points. Post-traumatic symptoms were measured using the PTSD checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5), and post-traumatic growth (PTG) was measured using the Post Traumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI). Multilevel Modeling…

Validation of a Self-Assessment Tool for Identifying Need for Assistance in Military to Civilian Transition

A self-assessment tool was developed to encourage releasing service members to reflect on their preparedness for military to civilian transition and need for assistance. The survey was administered in 2017 to a total of 1,414 CAF Veterans (former CAF members),…

Military identity and planning for the transition out of the military

Everyone who serves in the military (and survives the experience) will eventually become a Veteran, and most will face the challenge of finding a civilian job. This paper investigates how contemporary Veterans experience the transition period between military exit and…

Mind the gap: Sex, gender, and intersectionality in military-to-civilian transitions

Both scholarship and policy on military-to-civilian transition (MCT) suffer from a fundamental lacuna: too often the military and Veteran population is treated as homogeneous. What challenges do historically under-represented (i.e., women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, other sexual or gender minority,…

Empowering Female Student Veterans through Community Writing and Experiential Learning in the Classroom

Female veterans, in general, often face a host of additional challenges upon homecoming compared to their male counterparts including, but not limited to, higher incidents of depression, repression of memories of military sexual trauma (MST), and struggles to reacclimate to…
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Women Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police: A scoping review

This scoping review charts academic literature and government documents about women Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The current review is unique because the scope is limited to Canadian women Veterans, and…

Shannon’s ETS (Expiration of Term of Service) Experience: How Engaging with Veterans Informs Researchers and Shapes Practice

Shannon, an Army Veteran, shares her experience with ETS and the subsequent challenges she faced during her transition to civilian life. The clarity with which Shannon shared her experiences helped a health services research fellow develop empathy for Veterans like…

Understanding the Unique Effects of Identity in Adjustment Among Veterans

Reintegration to civilian life among service members can be understood through the lens of a transformation in an individual’s identity structure. However, limited research has examined the unique impact of military, U.S., and personal identity on mental health and substance…
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Lifting Our Sights Beyond 2030

This report strives to shine a light on the changing nature of UK society, and identify the trends that are likely to be most relevant to those members of the Armed Forces who will undergo transition over the next decade.…