The transition experiences of British military veterans

Binks, Eve and Cambridge, Siobhan (2016) The transition experiences of British military veterans. Political Psychology. ISSN 0162-895X (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

The aim of the current research was to investigate the transition experiences of British military veterans upon exiting the military and re-joining civilian society, asking the specific research question: what effect does the transition from military to civilian life have on the individual’s identity? Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was employed and seven semi-structured interviews were carried out with ex-military personnel. Analysis of the data revealed three superordinate themes: i) Several Selves: Identity; ii) Soldier and Society: Separation, iii) Transition Time: Personal Perspective. Current findings suggest that transition from the military back to civilian life is often problematic, with identity complications, feelings of loss, and disconnection both from the military and from society in general. Individuals with a more salient military identity had more difficult transition experiences. Findings are discussed with reference to theories of identity formation, maintenance, and salience, and recommendations for future research are made.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Binks, Eve and Cambridge, Siobhan (2016) The transition experiences of British military veterans. Political Psychology., which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pops.12399/full. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving."
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Eve Binks
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2017 16:16
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 16:16
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1788

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