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Falklands War Veterans' perceptions of social support and the reconciliation of traumatic memories

Falklands War Veterans' perceptions of social support and the reconciliation of traumatic memories
Falklands War Veterans' perceptions of social support and the reconciliation of traumatic memories
The current paper focused on the role social support plays in the reconciliation of traumatic memories. Four currently serving, male Royal Marines ranging from 40–42 years participated in semi-structured one-to-one interviews that explored perceptions of social support. Using thematic analysis, comradeship was found to be important in terms of maintaining support networks. However, this resource was used to avoid the reconciliation of traumatic memories. Social support from family members was sought when veterans were reassured that relatives would understand their experiences, and could support reconciliation. The importance of positive societal reaction was also emphasized. The paper concludes by highlighting the potential for early life reconciliation of traumatic war memories through the creation of a meaningful personal narrative.
1360-7863
282-289
Burnell, K.J.
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Coleman, P.G.
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Hunt, N.
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Burnell, K.J.
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Coleman, P.G.
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Hunt, N.
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Burnell, K.J., Coleman, P.G. and Hunt, N. (2006) Falklands War Veterans' perceptions of social support and the reconciliation of traumatic memories. Aging & Mental Health, 10 (3), 282-289. (doi:10.1080/13607860500409385).

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The current paper focused on the role social support plays in the reconciliation of traumatic memories. Four currently serving, male Royal Marines ranging from 40–42 years participated in semi-structured one-to-one interviews that explored perceptions of social support. Using thematic analysis, comradeship was found to be important in terms of maintaining support networks. However, this resource was used to avoid the reconciliation of traumatic memories. Social support from family members was sought when veterans were reassured that relatives would understand their experiences, and could support reconciliation. The importance of positive societal reaction was also emphasized. The paper concludes by highlighting the potential for early life reconciliation of traumatic war memories through the creation of a meaningful personal narrative.

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Published date: 2006

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Local EPrints ID: 40236
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/40236
ISSN: 1360-7863
PURE UUID: f57d8aaf-cd06-4644-8944-9b1501e6c657

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Date deposited: 03 Jul 2006
Last modified: 06 Sep 2017 16:32

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