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Title: A mixed-method exploration of the impact of PTSD in UK military veterans and their families
Author: Jones, Emma
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2020
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It is well recognised that military-related trauma can have significant effects on military personnel and veterans. There has been considerable research interest in the burden of mental health, specifically posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in military personnel. However, whilst living in close proximity to individuals with PTSD can contribute to a phenomenon known as ‘secondary traumatisation’ in the offspring, the effects of military fathers’ mental health on their children and family has largely been overlooked. In this conceptual introduction, we aim to better understand the effects of PTSD on the wellbeing of military offspring and review previous literature relevant to understanding the mechanisms of intergenerational transmission of trauma. The impact of PTSD on veterans’ offspring are varied, manifesting in behavioural, social, psychological and emotional difficulties. Research regarding the intergenerational transmission of war-related PTSD is mixed and remains in its infancy. Outside of military populations, various mechanisms and theories have been proposed to explain the direct and indirect pathway of transmission. Given that research suggests that PTSD does not solely affect the individual, but has implications for the family unit and offspring, further research is necessary to understanding this complex interplay between the psychopathology of the veteran father, the child and their characteristics and mechanisms underlying secondary traumatisation. This has important implications if the mechanisms are amenable to early intervention and remediation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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