Military Wives: Stress, Strain and Alcohol Use
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH
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This study investigated a number of important issues in the lives of women married to active duty military personnel. The study sample consisted of 119 military wives who were experiencing long term separation from their husbands. A self-administered questionnaire was used to elicit information on a wide range of life issues. Besides gathering background and demographic data, this study collected information on the drinking behaviors and life satisfaction of the study sample. Stress theory and a theoretical stress-strain-outcome model was used to examine the effects of military related life issues on the three outcome variables of quantity and frequency of drinking, problems associated with drinking, and general life satisfaction. Coping skills and social support were considered as potential moderating variables. Stressful life conditions were treated as the independent variable and the concept of strain was treated as an intervening variable in a Stress-Strain-Life Outcome model.
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