Transitioning Successfully: A Qualitative Study
Transitioning Successfully: A Qualitative Study - Infographic
A two-phased research study on the transition process for medically-released Canadian Veterans
Why did we do this?
To better understand the factors that contribute to a successful transition from military to civilian life
- What helps?
- What were the stressors and sources of support?
- What challenges were faced?
Two-phased research project - 15 participants
Phase ONE: Literature Review
- 94 relevant studies on transition
- 18 addressed the determinants of successful transition
- 2 focused on medically-released Canadian Veterans
Phase TWO: Qualitative Study
Online survey and in-depth telephone interviews
What were the biggest stressors during your transition?
(ranked as top 3 by participants)
- Maintaining Financial Security
- Health Issues
- Maintaining Family Life
What were your greatest sources of support?
(number of times ranked in top 3 by participants)
- Therapist, Counsellor or Psychologist
- Friends & Children
- Being proactive and "owning" one's transition
- Having a supportive spouse or family member
- Planning ahead and preparing - SCAN seminars were mentioned to be useful
What is a challenge?
- Finding a new sense of purpose outside of the military
- Concern with maintaining financial security post-release
- Equating military experience with civilian work experience
- Stigma towards mental health created relunctance to seek help
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