Should we give military families a break? A call for research on military family holidays

Caddick, Nick and Fossey, Matt (2021) Should we give military families a break? A call for research on military family holidays. BMJ Military Health. ISSN 2633-3775

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjmilitary-2021-001844

Abstract

While the well-being of the family unit is increasingly acknowledged (eg, in academic research, policy debate and podcast media) as central to the fitness and resilience of the Armed Forces, initiatives to support family well-being have been slow to emerge. One proposed means of support is the provision of holidays (whether abroad or ‘staycations’) to families who may be struggling to cope with stressors related to military life. Building on evidence from leisure and tourism studies, holidays are understood as providing benefits to family well-being, including rest and recuperation, respite from the stressors of everyday life, and building resilience and social capital. With a view to developing policy and practice, we suggest that research could meaningfully examine the use of holidays as a means of supporting military families. This article aims to stimulate debate regarding how families are supported within the UK Armed Forces.

Item Type: Journal Article
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2021 10:54
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2022 17:02
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706722

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