How Army Families Address Lifes Challenges
RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA United States
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Army families must face all the challenges that other families faceas well as those related to military service, such as those that come from permanent change of station PCS moves that require families to relocate every few years. Also, each of these aspects of Army life can create new problems e.g., spouses having to find a new job with each PCS move or exacerbate existing problems e.g., adding stress to fragile marital relationships. The Army has recognized these unique military service challenges and implemented programs and services to help Army familiesand Army spouses in particularcope with them. The Army uses surveys to gauge Army family members satisfaction with such programs and services, but these surveys do not address the problems and associated needs that led individuals to seek out the programs in the first place or ask whether the programs or some other resources helped them resolve their problems. This brief summarizes research that takes a different approach to understanding the use of programs and services by using a model of help-seeking and problem resolution to examine the match between the resources available and challenges faced by Army spouses.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations