Accession Number : AD1047076


Title :   Reintegration Difficulty of Military Couples Following Deployment


Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Jul 2016,30 Jun 2017


Corporate Author : University of Illinois Urbana United States


Personal Author(s) : Knobloch, Leanne K ; Knobloch-Fedders,Lynne M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1047076.pdf


Report Date : 01 Jul 2017


Pagination or Media Count : 85


Abstract : The reentry of service members back into family life after deployment can be extremely challenging for military couples. Understanding the factors that contribute to the reintegration difficulty of returning service members and at-home partners is essential for attracting, retaining, and safeguarding the nations best military personnel. The goal of this project is to evaluate how peoples mental health symptoms and romantic relationship characteristics predict their difficulty with reintegration. The research design was an 8-wave longitudinal study in which 555 military couples completed an online survey once per month for eight consecutive months beginning at homecoming. Military couples were eligible to participate if (a) individuals were involved in a romantic relationship, and (b) both partners completed the Wave 1 survey during the first week after reunion following deployment. Preliminary findings point to the key role of both mental health symptoms and relationship characteristics in the reintegration difficulty experienced by returning service members and at-home partners (Knobloch, Knobloch-Fedders, and Yorgason, in preparation). Supplementary results indicate that peoples reports of communication during deployment predict their symptoms of anxiety during the post-deployment transition (Knobloch, Knobloch-Fedders, and Yorgason, in press). We will use the data to generate research-based guidelines for reintegration.


Descriptors :   mental health , anxiety , depression , traumatic stress disorder


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE