Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Couples in the Military: A Post-DADT Examination of Relationship Health, Perceived Community Acceptance, and Mission Readiness
Technical Report,01 Jul 2018,30 Jun 2019
Wright State University Dayton United States
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The purpose of our study is to deliver a current, evidence-based understanding of the functioning of LGB couples in the Air Force community to U.S. military and civilian leadership. We anticipate that improved understanding will help focus efforts, make improvements, and ultimately contribute to a more effective armed forces. In terms of scope, we will use a two-stage ,mixed methods design. Stage 1 will be a qualitative study of 50 LGB Air Force using semi-structured phone or video. Stage 2 will be a quantitative study testing hypotheses regarding risk and protective factors at multiple ecological levels predicting relationship and individual outcomes. To date, we have completed preparation of the qualitative and quantitative measures, finalized our participant recruitment strategies, achieved IRB approval of our research protocol, and achieved Air Force Survey Office approval of our research questionnaires. A request for a waiver to ask questions about sexual orientation has been submitted to the Air Force the review and routing process toward getting ultimate approval from the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness USDP and R.
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