Social Isolation and Loneliness of UK Veterans: A Delphi Study

Leslie, Connor, Mcgill, Gill, Kiernan, Matt and Wilson, Gemma (2020) Social Isolation and Loneliness of UK Veterans: A Delphi Study. Occupational Medicine, 70 (6). pp. 407-414. ISSN 0962-7480

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Abstract

Background
Evidence increasingly acknowledges the impact of social isolation and loneliness on the lives of military veterans and the wider Armed Forces Community.

Aims
The study gathered expert consensus to (i) understand if veterans are considered ‘unique’ in their experiences of social isolation and loneliness; (ii) examine perceived factors leading to social isolation and loneliness of veterans; (iii) identify ways to tackle veterans’ social isolation and loneliness.

Methods
This study adopted a three-phase Delphi method. Phase 1 utilized a qualitative approach and Phase 2 and Phase 3 utilized a mixed-methods approach.

Results
Several outcomes were identified across the three phases. Transition out of the military was viewed as a period to build emotional resilience and raise awareness of relevant services. It was also concluded that veterans would benefit from integrating into services within the wider community, and that social prescribing services could be a vehicle to link veterans to relevant services. Furthermore, access to, and the content of, programmes was also of importance.

Conclusions
These findings illustrate various important interventional aspects to consider when funding and implementing programmes focussed on tackling social isolation and loneliness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: military personnel, social isolation, veterans, loneliness
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L400 Social Policy
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 07:48
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2020 14:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43132

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