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Understanding ‘Negative Transitioning’ in British Ex-Service

This is a unique project, providing a three-year, UK-wide study designed to provide a qualitative and in-depth analysis of the lived experiences of ex-British Service personnel who have undergone what we call ‘negative transitioning’ back to civilian life. This project seeks to build on current knowledge and to extend it in substantial ways by focusing on three measures of negative transitioning, namely those ex-service personnel who have been in prison, homeless or suffered mental health issues. This project aims to provide evidence-based recommendations relevant to key stakeholders across the armed forces and in the voluntary sector.
Purpose of the Project
The research will examine the negative transitioning experiences of those ex-service personnel who have been in prison, homeless or received mental health support.  This project is focused on providing both information on the issues affecting these ex-service personnel, and to garner the lessons that can ensure better support in the future. We aim to identify specific post-conflict reintegration programmes for ex-service personnel that improves their transition to civilian life as well as highlighting the needs of support providers.
Project Format, Location and Scope
Those who agree to participate will be invited to take part in an anonymous interview or informal conversation where participants will be asked a series of questions so real evidence based findings can be provided.  Participants will be drawn from all four regions of the UK:

  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

The project will also be tri-service and we intend to carry out research with veterans across all the armed services community.  This will include male and female members as well as former regular and reserve personnel.  We also hope to interview family members of ex-Service personnel (where possible) and stakeholders where possible.

Veterans Scotland would encourage Veterans , Families of veterans and stakeholders to support this research by completing the relevant survey monkey questionnaires via the links below:

Further Information and Request for Participants
If you or your organisation would like further information on the project or would be interested in participating please contact Dr Stephen Herron on:
Co-Investigator: Dr Stephen Herron T: 02890 975343 Email: stephen.herron@qub.ac.uk