Family Resilience in the Military: Definitions, Models, and Policies
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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Military life presents a variety of challenges to military families, including frequent separations and relocations as well as the risks that service members face during deployment however, many families successfully navigate these challenges. Despite a recent emphasis on family resilience, the U.S. Department of Defense DoD does not have a standard and universally accepted definition of family resilience. A standard definition is a necessary for DoD to more effectively assess its efforts to sustain and improve family resilience. RAND authors reviewed the literature on family resilience and, in this report, recommend a definition that could be used DoD-wide. The authors also reviewed DoD policies related to family resilience, reviewed models that describe family resilience and identified key family resilience factors, and developed several recommendations for how family-resilience programs and policies could be managed across DoD.
- Military Forces and Organizations