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Transitioning to civilian life: The importance of social group engagement and identity among Australian Defence Force veterans

Anthony Barnett, Michael Savic, David Forbes, David Best, Emma Sandral, Ramez Bathish, Alison Cheetham, Dan Lubman

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Veterans transitioning to civilian life after leaving the military face unique health concerns. Although there is a significant body of research exploring veterans' experiences of transition and predictors of well-being, there are limited studies examining how social group engagement influences veterans' transition. We explored how Australian Defence Force veterans' social group engagement and identity influenced their adjustment to civilian life and well-being. METHODS: Forty Australian veterans (85% male; mean age = 37 years, range = 25-57 years) took part in in-depth, semi-structured interviews. Participants completed two mapping tasks (a social network map and life course map)..

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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This study was funded by the Defence Health Foundation.