Managing different roles : the experiences of female nursing reservists who have deployed with the UK armed forces

Topp, Katie Danielle

Clinical psychology
June 2015

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This thesis is divided into three parts.

The first section is a systematic literature review focusing on the British literature regarding attitudes towards mental health in the military, and what stops British military personnel from accessing care. Eleven papers were identified and reviewed. Each paper is examined and discussed in relation to each other, along with findings from abroad. The current literature base is thought about and comments regarding suggestions for future research are made.

The second part is the empirical paper which, explores the experiences of women in health professional roles in both civilians and military environments and have completed one operational tour. This uses the qualitative methodology of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) in order to understand lived experience. Nine civilian women who are also members of the Army Reserve took part in the research. Three super-ordinate themes with nine sub themes were identified from the analysis.

The third part comprises the associated appendices that are referred to throughout the text along with a reflective statement.

Department of Psychological Health and Wellbeing, The University of Hull
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