An inside experience of contemporary deployment and war: a grounded theory study of blogs written by American military adolescents

Cross, Michelle (2013) An inside experience of contemporary deployment and war: a grounded theory study of blogs written by American military adolescents. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The UK has been continuously at war for the last eleven years and as a result there are growing concerns about the social and psychological problems that are emerging amongst servicemen. Many of the servicemen are parents and yet what is not mentioned in the research is how these issues may be impacting upon their children. Indeed although there is no official figure, there are estimated to be as many as 185,000 service children, and to date there has been no research in the UK that directly captures how young adolescents understand, interpret and feel about the transitions and challenges they encounter with the regular deployment of a parent(s) to war.
    By utilising grounded theory with uncensored blogs written by American military adolescents a new conceptual model is presented for consideration. Although Logan’s phase-based emotional cycle of deployment continues to offer a valuable portrayal of the transitions faced by military personnel and their spouses, an adolescent’s model shifts the perspective to the important and largely ignored process of childhood in the context of contemporary deployment and war. Also addressed are implications for practice and suggestions for future research.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 13:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:30
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/13654

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