Catherine Hitch

Catherine Hitch
Queen's University Belfast | QUB · School of Psychology

PhD Researcher

About

14
Publications
753
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
11
Citations
Introduction
Catherine Hitch is currently a PhD researcher at the School of Psychology, Queens University Belfast. She is connected to the Veterans Health and Wellbeing project. Catherine does research in Community Psychology, Social Psychology and Health Psychology, specifically relating to veterans (physical and mental health). A key consideration of her PhD will be veteran help-seeking.

Publications

Publications (14)
Article
Full-text available
Many veterans suffer chronic pain, which may be exacerbated by military shaped attitudes to health. There is a paucity of research that explores veterans’ experiences of developing coping strategies to manage chronic pain. This study employed a qualitative, Grounded Theory (GT) approach with seven participants. The participant involvement was via i...
Article
Full-text available
Background: Little research has examined the impact of working within the context of COVID-19 on UK healthcare professionals (HCPs) mental health and well-being, despite previous pandemic findings indicating that HCPs are particularly vulnerable to suffering PTSD and other mental health difficulties due to the nature of healthcare work. Specificall...
Research Proposal
Full-text available
Systematic review into using acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to treat PTSD and co-occurring gambling issues in military populations
Conference Paper
Full-text available
Background: Trauma is often experienced comorbidly, especially for military veterans. Veterans exposed to political/post-political conflict may experience unique trauma comorbidities. Many Northern Ireland (NI) veterans were impacted by the Troubles conflict and remain within a society that is shaped by the Troubles’ legacy. It is useful to underst...
Article
Full-text available
Background Childhood adversities can have a deleterious impact on mental health. Elevated levels of such adversities have been reported in veteran populations. Levels of resilience may be protective but early adverse experiences may impact on the development of resilience in the first instance. Objective This study aims to identify classes of chil...
Poster
Full-text available
Systematic review of enablers to barriers to help-seeking; quantitative approach for those who have ceased service
Preprint
Background: Little research has examined mental health and well-being in the context of healthcare professionals (HCP) working during the COVID-19 pandemic within the UK. To our knowledge, no research has employed qualitative methodologies in order to examine this. We therefore aim to address this gap in research by qualitatively examining the live...
Poster
Full-text available
This project was undertaken as part of my MSc in Health Psychology. For the research element of the course I investigated how Army veterans cope with chronic pain, and applied a grounded theory approach to account for coping. I found through considering the themes it seems it is overall experience, and unique experience, that suggests how pain will...
Preprint
Many veterans suffer chronic pain, which may be exacerbated by military shaped attitudes to health. However, to form a more accurate understanding of veteran pain management the purpose of the study was to explore the relationship between coping and chronic pain qualitatively. A grounded theory approach found that pain management is determined by p...
Poster
Full-text available
This is a presentation poster based upon an intervention I created through my Health Psychology MSc at the University of Ulster. The aim is to bring awareness and reduce excessive alcohol consumption in male Army veterans between the ages of 25-40. It uses Self-Empowerment theory to promote efficacy and group cohesion, which occurs via a specially...

Network

Cited By

Projects