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Facing the fear: resilience and social support in veterans and civilians with PTSD

Facing the fear: resilience and social support in veterans and civilians with PTSD This study aims to investigate the effects of resilience and social support on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a sample of 121 veterans (n = 56) and civilians (n = 65).Design/methodology/approachGender, age and marital status were collected, along with occupation for civilians and the unit served with, rank, length of time deployed, overall months active and location for veterans. The trauma experiences scale for civilians, the PTSD checklist for civilian and military, Resilience Research Centre’s Adult Resilience Measure-28, Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support and the Deployment Risk and Resiliency Inventory-2 scales were used.FindingsThe results revealed for both samples, resilience and social support (except unit support for veterans) impacted PTSD symptoms. However, social support did not mediate the relationship between resilience and PTSD.Practical implicationsImplications for policy and practice were discussed.Originality/valueThe originality of this research stems from the incorporation of both a civilian and military sample by comparing their levels of PTSD, resilience and social support. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Aggression Conflict and Peace Research Emerald Publishing

Facing the fear: resilience and social support in veterans and civilians with PTSD

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1759-6599
DOI
10.1108/jacpr-11-2019-0455
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Abstract

This study aims to investigate the effects of resilience and social support on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a sample of 121 veterans (n = 56) and civilians (n = 65).Design/methodology/approachGender, age and marital status were collected, along with occupation for civilians and the unit served with, rank, length of time deployed, overall months active and location for veterans. The trauma experiences scale for civilians, the PTSD checklist for civilian and military, Resilience Research Centre’s Adult Resilience Measure-28, Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support and the Deployment Risk and Resiliency Inventory-2 scales were used.FindingsThe results revealed for both samples, resilience and social support (except unit support for veterans) impacted PTSD symptoms. However, social support did not mediate the relationship between resilience and PTSD.Practical implicationsImplications for policy and practice were discussed.Originality/valueThe originality of this research stems from the incorporation of both a civilian and military sample by comparing their levels of PTSD, resilience and social support.

Journal

Journal of Aggression Conflict and Peace ResearchEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 23, 2020

Keywords: Resilience; UK; PTSD; Civilians; Veterans; Social support

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