The Difficult Return: Contexts and Developments in Drama-Based Work with Returned Military Personnel

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Title The Difficult Return: Contexts and Developments in Drama-Based Work with Returned Military Personnel
Author Balfour, Michael St Clair
Journal Name Applied Theatre Researcher
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher The Center for Applied Theatre Researcher
Abstract This article offers an overview of how drama-based work has responded to the needs of military veterans returning from war. The article briefly traces how conditions such as 'combat stress' and 'shell shock' in World War I have evolved into clinically accepted terms such as Post-Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the Vietnam War. The implication of these contexts will then be considered in relation to the current generation of military personnel, specifically those from Australia and New Zealand. The article assesses the first stages of Young Diggers, a support website for veterans and their families. Currently, it is one of the few forums where serving and ex-military personnel can seek independent advice and guidance. The article outlines how digital storytelling will be used as a component of the website to help develop a creative online space that enhances engagement and communication with veteran communities.
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Volume 10
Page from 1
Page to 11
ISSN 1443-1726
Date Accessioned 2010-03-04
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research; Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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