Introduction to The MEMCAT Study
The MEMCAT Study will provide new insight into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other types of combat trauma. It is a study of combat and its personal consequences from the perspective of soldiers and veterans.
Put simply, the study asks veterans for detailed autobiographies of combat and its aftermath. It involves in-depth interviews with combat veterans on their most important memories of combat, their life after combat, and their opinions on the military and on war. The identity of the soldier or veteran is kept confidential, so the research has provided many combat veterans with a special opportunity to have their story heard and made public.
The MEMCAT Study gives veterans a voice in the scientific research on combat, combat memories, and their personal consequences, especially the invisible wounds or emotional injuries caused by combat. The veterans’ own stories and opinions guide the interviews, not the researcher’s assumptions or theories about combat. Every veteran has a unique story to tell, but the purpose is to find and analyze similarities and common differences in veterans’ memories of combat and its personal consequences.
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