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The stigmatized hero? A review of UK opinion polls and surveys on perceptions of British veterans in UK society.

Phillips, Rita

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Rita Phillips



Abstract

Findings from representative opinion polls and surveys provide information on pertinent perceptions of veterans in British society. The present project compares these findings and contrasts them with factually correct information. This allows researchers to determine erroneous and stereotyped perceptions of veterans that may be held by members of British society. The present project reviewed forty-one veteran-related question-items from eleven surveys/polls, and grouped these question-items into the categories: 1) employment situation, 2) housing situation, 3) skills and experiences, 4) physical/psychological well-being, and 5) addictions and antisocial behaviour. The comparison with factually correct information indicates that the majority of survey/poll respondents held a set of negative and erroneous stereotypes against veterans. As negative and erroneous stereotypes may hinder a successful transition into civilian society, future research should explore how these stereotypes may form.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 30, 2020
Journal Journal of veterans studies
Electronic ISSN 2470-4768
Publisher Virginia Tech Libraries
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Pages 64-84
Institution Citation PHILLIPS, R. 2020. The stigmatized hero? A review of UK opinion polls and surveys on perceptions of British veterans in UK society. Journal of veterans studies [online], 6(1), pages 64-84. Available from: https://doi.org/10.21061/jvs.v6i1.150
DOI https://doi.org/10.21061/jvs.v6i1.150
Keywords Military veterans; Stigmatisation; Stigmas; Stereotypes; Veterans and society

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