Exploring the ambiguities of masculinity in accounts of emotional distress in the military among young ex-servicemen

Gill Green, Carol Emslie, Dan O'Neill, Kate Hunt, Steven Walker

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the experiences and perspectives of ex-military servicemen in the UK. It focuses specifically on the complex links between emotional distress and various constructions of 'masculinity' in a military context. Aspects of military culture that exacerbate vulnerability and also those that are protective to mental health are identified and discussed with reference to the theoretical constructs relating to hegemonic masculinity. A qualitative research design using semi-structured interviews provided in-depth accounts of the experiences of 20 ex-servicemen aged 23-44, all but one of whom were in the Army.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1480-1488
    Number of pages9
    JournalSocial Science and Medicine
    Volume71
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

    Keywords

    • mental health
    • soldiers
    • qualitative research
    • military culture
    • masculinity

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