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Promoting Health Psychology in Veterans' Healthcare

Winter, L (2021) Promoting Health Psychology in Veterans' Healthcare. Doctoral thesis, Liverpool John Moores University.

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Abstract

Veterans present with a complex range of health needs' physical, mental, and social. These are often treated separately, however largely interlink and veterans would benefit from better integration of the treatments they receive. In my experience working with veterans I have encountered challenges engaging veterans in treatment. With many reporting feeling weak for needing support and negative experiences of seeking help previously. Much of my role has involved motivational work and behaviour change intervention such as increasing activity levels and replacing maladaptive coping (e.g. self-harm, substance misuse) with healthier coping strategies. The impact of veterans' difficulties on their families has also been significant and highlighted a need for supporting families and carers in adapting and coping with changes to family life. I feel there is a role for Health Psychology in working with this population and my doctorate training has enabled me to start promoting this.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health Psychology; Veterans; Virtual Reality; Graded exposure; e-learning; Recovery college
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology (new Sep 2019)
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2021 16:56
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 23:18
DOI or Identification number: 10.24377/LJMU.t.00015360
Supervisors: Poole, H and Kidd, T
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15360

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