Combat Experience, Comradeship, and Psychological Health

  • Glen H. ElderJr.
  • Elizabeth C. Clipp
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


The twentieth century is marked by events of drastic, traumatic change. These include mass immigration and internment, severe economic downturns, as in the Great Depression, famine, and wars. What imprint did these experiences have on the lives of men and women, the young and old? In Bitter Wounds, a profoundly moving book on German victims of World War II, Robert Whalen (1984) concludes with an observation that is too obvious and readily ignored: “when wars are over, all the people whose lives have been shattered do not simply return to normal. Everyone involved in a war is in some way a war victim” (p. 15). Many of these victims are also war survivors, now in their later years.


Emotional Problem Military Service Vietnam Veteran Combat Veteran Military Experience 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glen H. ElderJr.
    • 1
  • Elizabeth C. Clipp
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Geriatric Research Education and Clinical CenterVA and Duke Medical CentersDurhamUSA

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