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A Community of Buddies: Support Groups for Veterans Forced Into Early Retirement
Michael Sweet; Norton Stoler; Robert Kelter; Richard J. Thurrell
Psychiatric Services 1989; doi:
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The authors thank Daniel Lenz, Ph.D., and James Coward, B.S., for their helpful assistance in the statistical analysis of this study and Maria Kopp, B.S., for research assistance.

Mental Hygiene Clinic at the Middleton Memorial Veterans' Hospital, 2500 Overlook Terrace, Madison, Wisconsin 53705, The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Medical School-Madison

Psychology Service, The Mental Hygiene Clinic at the Middleton Memorial Veterans' Hospital, 2500 Overlook Terrace, Madison, Wisconsin 53705, The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Medical School-Madison

1989 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Ongoing support groups for veterans who have made a poor adjustment to involuntary early retirement are offered by a mental hygiene clinic in a Veterans Administration hospital. Most of the veterans have been forced to retire for medical reasons. The groups are intended to strengthen their support systems and to reduce the negative psychosocial consequences of involuntary early retirement, such as isolation, boredom, depression, and impaired social relationships. A survey of group members indicated their functioning had improved after group participation. They reported better mental health, improved social relationships, higher activity levels, and greater satisfaction with retirement.

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