Serving in Bosnia made me appreciate living in Bristol: stressful experiences, attitudes, and psychological needs of members of the United Kingdom Armed Forces

Thomas, Samantha, Dandeker, Christopher, Greenberg, Neil, Kelly, Vikki and Wessely, Simon 2006, Serving in Bosnia made me appreciate living in Bristol: stressful experiences, attitudes, and psychological needs of members of the United Kingdom Armed Forces, Military medicine, vol. 171, no. 5, pp. 376-380.

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Title Serving in Bosnia made me appreciate living in Bristol: stressful experiences, attitudes, and psychological needs of members of the United Kingdom Armed Forces
Author(s) Thomas, SamanthaORCID iD for Thomas, Samantha orcid.org/0000-0003-1427-7775
Dandeker, Christopher
Greenberg, Neil
Kelly, Vikki
Wessely, Simon
Journal name Military medicine
Volume number 171
Issue number 5
Start page 376
End page 380
Total pages 5
Publisher Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
Place of publication Bethesda, Md.
Publication date 2006-05
ISSN 0026-4075
Summary Peacekeeping operations form an increasing part of the role of the U.K. Armed Forces. This study identified perceived needs for training before such operations, experiences of stress during deployments, beliefs and attitudes regarding psychological support and debriefing on return, general attitudes toward peacekeeping duties, and positive aspects of the peacekeeping role. Although nearly all peacekeepers were exposed to a variety of experiences, most perceived stress came from professional difficulties and frustrations with the occupational role of being a peacekeeper, rather than from dangerous situations. The exception was a significant fear of land mines. For many, peacekeeping had a positive impact on soldiers' lives, most commonly an appreciation of "things back home." Respondents' opinions about the peacekeeping experience vary greatly. Additional training addressing and exploring potential conflicts between the traditional role of the soldier and the role of the peacekeeper may be useful.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079621

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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