Ex-military personnel’s experiences of loneliness and social isolation from discharge, through transition, to the present day

Guthrie-Gower, Suzanne and Wilson-Menzfeld, Gemma (2022) Ex-military personnel’s experiences of loneliness and social isolation from discharge, through transition, to the present day. PLoS ONE, 17 (6). e0269678. ISSN 1932-6203

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0269678

Abstract

Objectives: This study aimed to examine the unique factors of loneliness and social isolation within the ex-military population from discharge, through transition, to the present day. Design: A qualitative, Phenomenological approach was adopted.

Methods: In-depth semi-structured interviews were carried out with 11 participants who had all served in the British Armed Forces and represented all three military services (Royal Navy; Army; Royal Air Force). Reflexive Thematic Analysis was used to analyse the data.

Results: Three themes were generated - a sense of loss; difficulty in connecting in civilian life; and seeking out familiarity. The findings of this study were examined through the lenses of the Social Needs Approach and the Cognitive Discrepancy Model.

Conclusions: Individuals developed close bonds in the military through meaningful and prolonged contact, reducing feelings of loneliness and social isolation during their time in service. The sense of belonging was key to social connection, but transition out of the military severed existing relationships, and a lack of belonging hindered the development of relationships within the civilian community. This study has implications for service provision relating to ex-military personnel and future service leavers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 27 May 2022 14:23
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2022 09:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49208

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