Dissertation research: PTSD in soldiers

#1
Hi everyone.

I am currently at university studying History and about to start my dissertation. I would like to write about PTSD in soldiers, those who served second world war onwards, but I have been told I need a large number of soldiers to interview so that I can collect some useable data.

I am posting to ask if any soldiers would be interested in being interviewed about their experiences in the army, obviously in particular those who have suffered from PTSD. The questionnaires will ask specific information about experiences, mental health issues and possible family history to get a greater understanding of any problems.

There will be paperwork to sign; data protection etc and any soldier who is interviewed will need to be aware what they say may be used in my dissertation, which may in turn be published (if it's good enough). The questionnaire is currently being devised and will have to go to my university ethics committee.

Providing it all goes through I will be looking to conduct the interviews through July and August. Obviously without the soldiers help it won't happen, but I am hoping there will be enough people out there who want to.

Many thanks in advance

Christie
 
#2
Sadly the vast majority on here who are not Civvies & Cadet Instructors would have been in when it was called “Lack of Moral Fibre” so you may be out of luck :wink:
 
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#3
I helped a lady a few years back with her paper on Crime & PTSD within the forces/ex-forces community.

She very kindly sent me a copy of her paper once it was done. I can send it to you if you like? Job done!
 
#4
You'll have a hell of a time convincing some of us that you'll manage to keep data safe and details anonymous. When will you have a copy of the questions you'll want answering? Posting that up will give people a better idea of what you expect from them.
Are you expecting to interview in person, over the phone, over the internet? How will you guarantee that you are getting answers fron genuine ex/serving personnel?
How many people do you need in your study group?
 
#6
The reason for posting this was to get an idea of whether soldiers would actually be willing to speak, which I can see is going to be much more difficult than I had first thought.
The paper on Crime & PTSD may be useful so yes, you can email it to me, although I am not actually looking at levels of crime.
I cannot convince anybody of anything and it would be your choice to participate in the interviews, however, the whole point of the exercise and hopefully the research is to make a point that PTSD is an occurance that is overlooked in the army and that no person whether they chose the profession or were conscripted should have to suffer with an illness that they cannot then talk about. PTSD or however else you wish to put it: desertion, cowardness, neurosthenia, neurosis, psychosis, depression, combat fatigue; was recognised as a legitmate condition by the army in 1989.
I would prefer to conduct the interviews face to face, but over the phone would be just as possible and I would hope that anybody who wants to be involved would be genuine.
I'm not sure on size of the group as it stands, I have 6 ex-service so far but I have to have enough to make the results quantifiable.
 
#7
PTSD or however else you wish to put it: desertion, cowardness, neurosthenia, neurosis, psychosis, depression, combat fatigue; was recognised as a legitmate condition by the army in 1989.
Here's an idea - try not to equate PTSD with cowardice. That would be a good start.
 
#8
The way I see it, from a WW2 perspective is that men and soldiers were expected to have a "stiff upper lip" in those days. Also, most young soldiers would not want to worry their mothers, wives or girl friends by confiding in them about the horrors they had seen or experienced.
 

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#9
The reason for posting this was to get an idea of whether soldiers would actually be willing to speak, which I can see is going to be much more difficult than I had first thought.
The paper on Crime & PTSD may be useful so yes, you can email it to me, although I am not actually looking at levels of crime.
I cannot convince anybody of anything and it would be your choice to participate in the interviews, however, the whole point of the exercise and hopefully the research is to make a point that PTSD is an occurance that is overlooked in the army and that no person whether they chose the profession or were conscripted should have to suffer with an illness that they cannot then talk about. PTSD or however else you wish to put it: desertion, cowardness, neurosthenia, neurosis, psychosis, depression, combat fatigue; was recognised as a legitmate condition by the army in 1989.
I would prefer to conduct the interviews face to face, but over the phone would be just as possible and I would hope that anybody who wants to be involved would be genuine.
I'm not sure on size of the group as it stands, I have 6 ex-service so far but I have to have enough to make the results quantifiable.
To use the terms you have I'd question your abilities.
 
#11
Here's an idea - try not to equate PTSD with cowardice. That would be a good start.
Surely that's the point? What was known as Lack of Moral Fibre with a symptom being cowardice or desertion has gradually, as we have become more enlightened, become known as Battleshock, Combat Fatigue & then PTSD.
 
#12
Surely that's the point? What was known as Lack of Moral Fibre with a symptom being cowardice or desertion has gradually, as we have become more enlightened, become known as Battleshock, Combat Fatigue & then PTSD.
Soldiers are not the only profession to have experienced this during war.

Royal Navy and Merchant Navy, and also RAF personnel could have experienced it as well. And please do not forget Fire fighters and civilians who were bombed.
 
#13
Surely that's the point? What was known as Lack of Moral Fibre with a symptom being cowardice or desertion has gradually, as we have become more enlightened, become known as Battleshock, Combat Fatigue & then PTSD.
The enlightenment led directly to the disassociation of "cowardice", whatever that means, from PTSD rather early on. I'm surprised that the OP bungs the 'C' word in her list.
 

jarrod248

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#14
Soldiers are not the only profession to have experienced this during war.

Royal Navy and Merchant Navy, and also RAF personnel could have experienced it as well. And please do not forget Fire fighters and civilians who were bombed.
Quite right SFUB you fish supper scrounging fat trickster.
 
#15
The reason for posting this was to get an idea of whether soldiers would actually be willing to speak, which I can see is going to be much more difficult than I had first thought.
The paper on Crime & PTSD may be useful so yes, you can email it to me, although I am not actually looking at levels of crime.
I cannot convince anybody of anything and it would be your choice to participate in the interviews, however, the whole point of the exercise and hopefully the research is to make a point that PTSD is an occurance that is overlooked in the army and that no person whether they chose the profession or were conscripted should have to suffer with an illness that they cannot then talk about. PTSD or however else you wish to put it: desertion, cowardness, neurosthenia, neurosis, psychosis, depression, combat fatigue; was recognised as a legitmate condition by the army in 1989.
I would prefer to conduct the interviews face to face, but over the phone would be just as possible and I would hope that anybody who wants to be involved would be genuine.
I'm not sure on size of the group as it stands, I have 6 ex-service so far but I have to have enough to make the results quantifiable.
You will probably find that most people who are qualified do not want to talk about it.
 
#16
Try approaching one of the charites that help veterans, such as Combat Stress, RBL, etc. You may find that they will be able to help you better, rather than posting on here. There was a young lady a couple of years ago doing a similair dissertation to you, she was allowed to talk to veterans who agreed to be interviewed at one of the Combat Stress treatment centres. You may not get all the numbers you require this way, but it would be a start. You may also want to offer to NOT to disclose their names if they don't want you to.
 
#17
I cannot convince anybody of anything and it would be your choice to participate in the interviews,
so you can't explain how you'll store the data, how the data taken from the questionaires will be made anonymous to protect idenity?
Who will have access to the raw data, and who'll have access to the processed data?
I'd have been willing to take part (in principle) maybe discussing some of the incidents I've been involved in would be benificial to me. Especially as by doing so i'd be possibly helping others. however you don't give me the feeling that you have any idea what you are doing.
You give me the impression of a student hoping to get impressive results from a (currentlly) popular cause while trying to make the system (MoD) look bad.
 
#18
Hi everyone.

I am currently at university studying History and about to start my dissertation. I would like to write about PTSD in soldiers, those who served second world war onwards, but I have been told I need a large number of soldiers to interview so that I can collect some useable data.

I am posting to ask if any soldiers would be interested in being interviewed about their experiences in the army, obviously in particular those who have suffered from PTSD. The questionnaires will ask specific information about experiences, mental health issues and possible family history to get a greater understanding of any problems.

There will be paperwork to sign; data protection etc and any soldier who is interviewed will need to be aware what they say may be used in my dissertation, which may in turn be published (if it's good enough). The questionnaire is currently being devised and will have to go to my university ethics committee.

Providing it all goes through I will be looking to conduct the interviews through July and August. Obviously without the soldiers help it won't happen, but I am hoping there will be enough people out there who want to.

Many thanks in advance

Christie
Hold on just a minute, please. I would have thought a study of PTSD was more relevant to a medical subject.

Whatever made you think of this topic?
 
#19
Perhaps someone should tell you that before the time when "counselling" became accepted or if you like, popular, it was considered a very private thing and was only acceptable to be recognised after two or three days of alcohol therapy with your mates during which time a lot of back slapping and nostalgic male bonding took place.
 
#20
I can see how it fits in with history, if you consider the way that historically we've eventually recognised the condition, worked out treatments (got to love the electrocution used at one point) and how between the wars we've forgotten about it, only to rediscover it again during the next war.
There is also the comparison between civilian life and military life in a historical context. As civilian life has become generally easier so has military life. Oddly the number of people who are hard done by has increased. It'll take a lot of work and research to get done properly, but could be interesting when completed.
 

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