The positive impact of legal advice and services on the mental wellbeing of UK veterans

Toni Beardmore*, William Collier, Olaoluwa Olusanya, Gwyn Griffith, Victoria Jane Knapp, Alex Baldwin

*Awdur cyfatebol y gwaith hwn

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

5 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)

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Law has been recognised as a significant social determinant of health, however, micro-level legal advice interventions are underexplored. The dearth of research concerning the experience of British veterans highlights the need for uniquely tailored support services. This need is emphasised by the pervasiveness of mental health issues amongst this population. We investigate the feasibility of remotely delivered legal advice as a social intervention for supporting the mental wellbeing of UK veterans. This is based on the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale results from 67 participants, who completed a pre and post legal intervention survey. Average WEMWBS results were higher post-intervention, particularly in participants with pre-identified mental health issues. The difference in overall scores pre and post intervention is statistically significant (p = 0.034). A correlation matrix identifies two variables, with one contributing to 59% variance (LV2). These are identified as “Affective” (LV2), and “Cognitive” (LV1). The difference between LV2 results pre and post intervention was significant (p = 0.016). Findings highlight the importance of individualised interventions for veterans. Free, remotely delivered, tailored legal advice and support shows feasibility as a social intervention due to its ability to encourage emotional disclosure, something which the veteran population can struggle with.

Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Nifer y tudalennau15
CyfnodolynInternational Journal of the Legal Profession
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar16 Mai 2024
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsE-gyhoeddi cyn argraffu - 16 Mai 2024

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