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The Wellbeing of Army Personnel in Dual Military Marriages

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Technical Report,01 Jun 2012,31 Aug 2015

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Northern Arizona University Flagstaff United States

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The objective of this proposal is to examine the influence of stressors and benefits related to work and family on dual-military marriage wellbeing. The central hypothesis of the proposed research is that individuals in dual-military marriages are exposed to unique stressors and benefits in the work and family domain. Those individuals in dual-military marriages who receive little or no support from either domain will experience both negative health and lower subjective feelings of wellbeing. Data collections began July 2013. Surveys and interviews focus groups have been successfully administered at six different military bases Fort Bragg, Fort Campbell, Fort Bliss, Fort Shafter, Fort Huachuca, Fort Irwin. Results revealed four themes related to dual-military challenges a programs and policies bdeployment c supervisor and chain of command and d permanent change of station. Additionally findings suggested that gender differences exist in types of support, which indirectly affects career intentions. Future research needs to assess gender issues, exchange processes, and also need to extend beyond Army, and to dual-military couples i.e., examine dual-career couples.

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