Reintegration Difficulty of Military Couples Following Deployment
Technical Report,01 Jul 2016,30 Jun 2017
University of Illinois Urbana United States
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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.
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