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
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