"You can freak out or deal with it" : military wives' perspectives on communication and family resilience, coping, and support during deployment

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dc.contributor.advisor Maxwell , Madeline M .
dc.creator Rossetto , Kelly Renee
dc.date.accessioned 2009 -10 -22T16 :44 :15Z
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -02 -19T22 :36 :46Z
dc.date.available 2009 -10 -22T16 :44 :15Z
dc.date.available 2014 -02 -19T22 :36 :46Z
dc.date.created 2009 -08
dc.date.issued 2009 -10 -22T16 :44 :15Z
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /6609
dc.description.abstract This study investigates the process of resilience from the perspective of military wives during deployment . The study had two main goals : 1 ) to further understand the deployment experience , as it is lived personally and within the family , and 2 ) to develop a theory -based resilience model , guided by family stress and resilience theory , highlighting the role of communication within the family resilience process . According to the FAAR Model (Patterson , 1988 ; 2002 ) , resilience involves three components : meanings , demands , and capabilities . Based on the goals of the study and the three main components of resilience , five broad research questions guided the study : How do military spouses perceive , interpret , and make meaning of their experience with spousal deployment ? How do spouses cope with the spousal deployment experience ? How do spouses perceive the family deployment and coping experience ? What supportive resources and responses are most helpful for military spouses during spousal deployment , and why ? And what supportive resources and responses are most unhelpful for military spouses during spousal deployment , and why ? The data are also viewed through a lens of ambiguous loss theory (Boss , 1999 ; 2004 ; 2006 ; 2007 ) , as deployment is a stressful situation that incorporates uncertainty , loss , and a presence -absence paradox for spouses and families . To investigate these questions and develop these theories , in -depth interviews were conducted with 26 military wives who were currently experiencing deployment . The results illustrate various aspects of women’s perceptions of their deployment experiences , including how they make sense of these experiences . Women did not only discuss their own personal experiences ; they also reported experiences at relational and family levels . Paralleling these tri -level perceptions of the experience , women’s approaches to coping also occurred at individual , relational , and family levels . Different coping strategies within each level are outlined and discussed . Finally , women’s perceptions and evaluations of the responses they receive from others , both supportive and unsupportive , are reported and discussed . Based on the results , a transactional model of family resilience , highlighting the central role of communication , is proposed . Implications for theory (e .g . , stress and resilience theories , ambiguous loss theory ) and practice are discussed . Future directions for research are explored . en_US
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.rights Copyright © is held by the author . Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries , The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works .
dc.subject Military wives en_US
dc.subject Family resilience en_US
dc.subject Spousal deployment en_US
dc.title "You can freak out or deal with it" : military wives' perspectives on communication and family resilience , coping , and support during deployment en_US
dc.description.department Communication Studies en_US
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Communication Studies en_US
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.department Communication Studies en_US

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"You can freak out or deal with it" : military wives' perspectives on communication and family resilience, coping, and support during deployment. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /6609 .

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