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Living a life less ordinary: What UK military families can teach the families of essential workers responding to COVID-19

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Rachael Gribble, Vincent Connelly, Nicola Fear

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Military, Veteran and Family Health
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Occupational stressors raised by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic may negatively impact on the short and long-term mental health and well-being of essential workers, as well as that of their family members. Given the lack of research on the families of essential workers, reflecting on similarities in the experiences of military families could help the families of COVID-19 essential workers. This article presents an overview of UK research on the experiences of military families during separations and the corresponding impacts on health, well-being and relationships. It considers what helps military families cope during challenging times and discusses lessons that can be taken from the military community and applied to COVID-19 workers to help support resiliency in families of other occupational groups during times of increased stress and pressure. Lessons learned are applicable not only to those responding to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, but also to similar future events.

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