Military Deployment, Masculinity and Trauma: Reviewing the Connections

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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)


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.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.3149/jms.2001.16
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
Historical > SEO Classification > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Historical > SEO Classification > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Arts
Keywords ResPubID26751, military training, PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder
Citations in Scopus 28 - View on Scopus
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