Accession Number:

ADP003263

Title:

The Well-Being of Army Soldiers and Their Families: Methodological, Substantive, and Technical Considerations,

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Corporate Author:

WALTER REED ARMY INST OF RESEARCH WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

1984-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

The Armys concern with health is shifting from a reactive and selective stance toward a proactive, preventive, and broadened orientation. Seven studies recently conducted in this department have used qualitative and quantitative methods to explore dimensions of well being and distress among soldiers and their families. Major concern has focused on the impact of group cohesion, social support, and socio-environmental conditions. Quantitative findings presented here illuminate comparative levels of well being and distress among over 3400 soldiers and spouses. The instrument used is the General Well-Being Schedule Dupuy, 1978. Compared to civilian samples, only four of seven studies found overall General Well-Being scores in the range indicative of positive well being. All other samples fell into the moderately distressed range, although data collection is still in progress on the study Panel discussion focuses on correspondence between qualitative and quantitative observations. Author

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Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE