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Title: Interpersonal relationships and military trauma
Author: Langford, Rachel
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2013
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An increasing evidence base is evolving which attempts to understand the consequences of the deployment of military troops to war zones and what may mediate these. Chapter one critically appraises the literature examining the link between secure attachment style classification, the dimensions of attachment anxiety and avoidance and operational stress injury. The results indicate that the reviewed articles used a variety of attachment measures, including discourse and self-report measures, which produce different results about the relationship between adult attachment and operational stress injury. The methodological limitations of the studies and implications of these findings for psychological therapies are discussed. Suggestions for future research are made, including longitudinal studies which measure attachment and mental health prior to deployment, and whether certain personality variables mediate the relationship between attachment and operational stress injury. Chapter two presents a qualitative analysis of the experiences of and roles played by the partners of military personnel receiving care for operationally-attributed mental health difficulties. Similar research has been carried out internationally, but as far as the author is aware British military partners had not been investigated. Grounded theory analysis of semi-structured interviews led to the development of a theoretical model, which explains the effect of operational events on service members and their partners, and the ways adopted to manage these. It is suggested that enhanced understanding of this process, aided by communication and services, helps to dissipate the couples’ distress, although barriers to communication and services were identified. Results are discussed in accordance with existing literature. Implications for service provision to deliver information and support for partners, and ideas for future research which tests the effects of partners receiving these, are made. Chapter three is a reflective paper based upon the thoughts, opinions and experiences the author had whilst carrying out the literature review and empirical research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine ; RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry