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Military Deployment, Masculinity and Trauma: Reviewing the Connections

Fox, John and Pease, Bob (2012) Military Deployment, Masculinity and Trauma: Reviewing the Connections. Journal of Men's Studies, 20 (1). pp. 16-31. ISSN 1060-8265 (print) 1933-0251 (online)

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Abstract

This article reviews the literature on deployment trauma and examines the limitations of conventional understandings of trauma as they relate to veterans’ experiences. It suggests that the failure to take into account social influences and social relationships limits the usefulness of conventional approaches to trauma. The article considers the role that masculinity plays in male veterans’ experience of and sense making about trauma. It is suggested that while formal recognition of posttraumatic stress disorder in the DSM has provided a helpful language for veterans, it is an incomplete response. A new model of masculinity that better enables the male veteran to speak about trauma and to reconnect with others has implications for counselling practice with veterans.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID26751, military training, PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
SEO Classification > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
SEO Classification > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Arts
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Depositing User: Yimin Zeng
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2013 02:00
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2013 02:46
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/22266
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3149/jms.2001.16
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