Veronica Hopner

Doctor of Philosophy, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2014
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Home from War

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“Home from War” is an account from New Zealand men who served in the army during three major conflicts of the 20th century and the coping mechanisms used to cope with the complex effects of war. From accounts held at the Alexander Turnbull library, Ms Hopner analysed seventy oral histories from veterans of the First and Second World Wars and the Vietnam War. She found there were three main themes. Personal growth and development was the emotional and psychological growth, social regard and status provided the social care, respect, compassion and connectedness necessary for psychological recovery from war and active incorporation of war into the life story. These themes were mediated by social support received from wives, partners and other veterans and organisations, such as the RSA. Coping with war is a complex process and the effects of war are expressed across the veteran’s lifespan.

Dr Dianne Gardner
Professor Glyn Harper

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