The nature of military combat activities means personnel can receive injuries that result in a change to appearance, such as scarring and limb loss.
Emerging evidence from ongoing research and public involvement work with combat-injured veterans has highlighted the potential impact of appearance-altering injuries on the romantic relationships of injured veterans.
A program of work including a small interview study and a stakeholder workshop, was conducted to ignite investigation into the experiences of combat-veterans in terms of their romantic relationships, following an appearance-altering injury.
This report presents the outcomes of the stakeholder workshop including the objectives, activities, and outcomes, highlighting gaps in knowledge and support, identifying challenges to researching this specific population of veterans, and their partners, defining research areas and questions that if attended to could address the gaps in knowledge and support, and determining short-medium term and long-term research priorities.
Keeling, M., & Sharratt, N. (2020). Combat injuries, body image and romantic relationships: A stakeholder workshop to specify new research directions. N/A