The Wife of the First Term Enlisted Soldier: A Study of Socialization and Role
Scientific rept. 1986-1988
WALTER REED ARMY INST OF RESEARCH WASHINGTON DC
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This research is a study of 44 wives of first term enlisted men at two Army sites. Respondent were interviewed on a variety of subjects, including attitude toward Army and military life adaptation, problems social support demographic characteristics. The results indicate moderate satisfaction for most wives and a mildly positive attitude toward military life. About one-quarter of the respondents has serious problems, usually involving marriage, finances, social relations or soldiers work conditions. Most were optimistic about the future, expecting their lives to improve. Social support was generally derived from informal sources neighbors, other military wives while formal Army support facilities were not often utilized. The major need was for information, i.e., instrumental support. Re-interviews a year later reached 34 respondents. Many had experienced major life events such as child-birth, moving, marital disruption, etc. Most expressed either greater satisfaction with life or continued high satisfaction. Improvement of marriage, birth of a baby, and development of friendships were major positive factors.
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