Accession Number : ADA621553


Title :   Family Resilience in the Military: Definitions, Models, and Policies


Descriptive Note : Research rept.


Corporate Author : RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA


Personal Author(s) : Meadows, Sarah O ; Beckett, Megan K ; Bowling, Kirby ; Golinelli, Daniela ; Fisher, Michael P ; Martin, Laurie T ; Meredith, Lisa S ; Osilla, Karen C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a621553.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 20


Abstract : Military life presents a variety of challenges to military families, including frequent separations and relocations as well as the risks that service members face during deployment; however, many families successfully navigate these challenges. Despite a recent emphasis on family resilience, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) does not have a standard and universally accepted definition of family resilience. A standard definition is a necessary for DoD to more effectively assess its efforts to sustain and improve family resilience. RAND authors reviewed the literature on family resilience and, in this report, recommend a definition that could be used DoD-wide. The authors also reviewed DoD policies related to family resilience, reviewed models that describe family resilience and identified key family resilience factors, and developed several recommendations for how family-resilience programs and policies could be managed across DoD.


Descriptors :   *FAMILY MEMBERS , *MILITARY PERSONNEL , *RESILIENCE , ADAPTATION , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , MENTAL HEALTH , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , MODELS , POLICIES , STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY)


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE