Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/614058
Title:
The presentation of depression in the British Army
Authors:
Finnegan, Alan; Finnegan, Sara; Thomas, Mike; Deahl, Martin; Simpson, Robin; Ashford, Robert
Abstract:
Background The British Army is predominately composed of young men, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, in which Depression is a common mental health disorder. Objectives To construct a predictive model detailing the presentation of depression in the army that could be utilised as an educational and clinical guideline for Army clinical personnel. Method and Participants Utilising a Constructivist Grounded Theory, phase 1 consisted of 19 interviews with experienced Army mental health clinicians. Phase 2 was a validation exercise conducted with 3 general practitioners. Results Depression in the Army correlates poorly with civilian definitions, and has a unique interpretation. Conclusion Young soldiers presented with symptoms not in the International Classification of Disorders and older soldiers who feared being medically downgraded, sought help outside the Army Medical Services. Women found it easier to seek support, but many were inappropriately labelled as depressed. Implications include a need to address the poor understanding of military stressors; their relationships to depressive symptoms and raise higher awareness of gender imbalances with regard to access and treatment. The results have international implications for other Armed forces, and those employed in Young Men's Mental Health. The results are presented as a simple predictive model and aide memoire that can be utilised as an educational and clinical guideline. There is scope to adapt this model to international civilian healthcare practice
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Finnegan, A., Finnegan, S., Thomas, M., Deahl, M., Simpson, R., & Ashford, R. (2014). The presentation of depression in the British Army. Nurse Education Today, 34(1), 83-91.
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Nurse Education Today
Publication Date:
1-Jan-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/614058
DOI:
10.1016/j.nedt.2013.02.020
Additional Links:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0260691713000828
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0260-6917
EISSN:
1532-2793
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care

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dc.contributor.authorFinnegan, Alanen
dc.contributor.authorFinnegan, Saraen
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Mikeen
dc.contributor.authorDeahl, Martinen
dc.contributor.authorSimpson, Robinen
dc.contributor.authorAshford, Roberten
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-22T08:37:23Zen
dc.date.available2016-06-22T08:37:23Zen
dc.date.issued2014-01-01en
dc.identifier.citationFinnegan, A., Finnegan, S., Thomas, M., Deahl, M., Simpson, R., & Ashford, R. (2014). The presentation of depression in the British Army. Nurse Education Today, 34(1), 83-91.en
dc.identifier.issn0260-6917en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.nedt.2013.02.020en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/614058en
dc.description.abstractBackground The British Army is predominately composed of young men, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, in which Depression is a common mental health disorder. Objectives To construct a predictive model detailing the presentation of depression in the army that could be utilised as an educational and clinical guideline for Army clinical personnel. Method and Participants Utilising a Constructivist Grounded Theory, phase 1 consisted of 19 interviews with experienced Army mental health clinicians. Phase 2 was a validation exercise conducted with 3 general practitioners. Results Depression in the Army correlates poorly with civilian definitions, and has a unique interpretation. Conclusion Young soldiers presented with symptoms not in the International Classification of Disorders and older soldiers who feared being medically downgraded, sought help outside the Army Medical Services. Women found it easier to seek support, but many were inappropriately labelled as depressed. Implications include a need to address the poor understanding of military stressors; their relationships to depressive symptoms and raise higher awareness of gender imbalances with regard to access and treatment. The results have international implications for other Armed forces, and those employed in Young Men's Mental Health. The results are presented as a simple predictive model and aide memoire that can be utilised as an educational and clinical guideline. There is scope to adapt this model to international civilian healthcare practiceen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0260691713000828en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectbritish armyen
dc.subjectDepressionen
dc.titleThe presentation of depression in the British Armyen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1532-2793en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalNurse Education Todayen
dc.date.accepted2013-02-26en
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderUnfundeden
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUnfundeden
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2014-01-01en
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