The lonely side of war’s aftermath: Traumatization and isolation among veterans

Jacob Y. Stein, Zahava Solomon

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Abstract

Loneliness has always been a problem for soldiers and veterans, and yet it has rarely been systematically investigated in this context. The current chapter draws on a three-decade longitudinal study of Israeli veterans and a set of qualitative investigations to delineate the trajectory and characteristics of the veteran's loneliness. Particularly, the chapter situates the experience within the contexts of combat stress reaction (CSR), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the broader veteran identity. Thus the incommensurability of experiential worlds and the alienation it harbors are delineated and underscored. The chapter concludes with societal and clinical implications, and future research is encouraged.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNarratives of Loneliness
Subtitle of host publicationMultidisciplinary Perspectives from the 21st Century
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages35-47
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781317292456
ISBN (Print)9781138183827
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

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