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How does a restorative approach work? Supporting military veteran families affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Williams, Anne, Reed, Hayley ORCID:, Segrott, Jeremy ORCID:, Rees, Alyson ORCID: and Kitchiner, Neil ORCID: 2023. How does a restorative approach work? Supporting military veteran families affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Internet Journal of Restorative Justice

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Demands for more participatory, collaborative family support services have grown, however implementing such methods in practice has proved difficult. The use of a restorative approach (RA) within family services shows promise but little research has explored the provision of such services for families affected by parental mental ill-health. To address this gap, this article reports findings from a three-year feasibility study of an innovative restorative family support service developed to support military veterans and families affected by a veteran’s service-related mental health problem. Interviews and focus groups with service professionals (n=4) were conducted on the completion of programme development, and at regular stages during service implementation. Interviews were undertaken individually or in pairs with eight service user families, including six veterans, six partners and two children, and four veterans who chose not to take part in the service. This article reports professionals’ experiences of service delivery and refinements made to support programme implementation, and the veteran and family opinion on service receipt, including the areas they identified that could be improved. It also details the restorative mechanisms which resulted in family changes, with the development of collective empathy being located as a crucial RA mechanism which leads to positive effects.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE)
ISSN: 2056-2985
Funders: TGP Cymru
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 February 2023
Date of Acceptance: 31 August 2022
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2024 11:05

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