Risk and Resilience in U.S. Military Families

  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
  • David Riggs

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Elaine Willerton, Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, David Riggs
    Pages 1-20
  3. Marital Functioning

  4. Parenting and Child Outcomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Deborah A. Gibbs, Sandra L. Martin, Monique Clinton-Sherrod, Jennifer L. Hardison Walters, Ruby E. Johnson
      Pages 111-130
    3. Patricia Lester, Gregory Leskin, Kirsten Woodward, William Saltzman, William Nash, Catherine Mogil et al.
      Pages 149-173
    4. Anita Chandra, Rachel M. Burns, Terri Tanielian, Lisa H. Jaycox
      Pages 175-192
  5. Family Sequelae of Wounds and Injuries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Casey T. Taft, Sherry M. Walling, Jamie M. Howard, Candice Monson
      Pages 195-212
    3. Hoda Badr, Trina M. Barker, Kathrin Milbury
      Pages 213-234
    4. Stephen J. Cozza, Jennifer M. Guimond
      Pages 259-277
  6. Single Service Members

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Lyndon A. Riviere, Julie C. Merrill
      Pages 305-323
    3. Robert M. Bray, James L. Spira, Marian E. Lane
      Pages 325-342
    4. Michelle L. Kelley, Ashley N. Doane, Matthew R. Pearson
      Pages 343-363
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 365-369

About this book


Among the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are the human losses -- over 5,000 dead and over 35,000 wounded. Additionally, service personnel often return with traumatic brain injuries, missing limbs, and severe psychological disorders. All of this exacerbates the stress that family members have had to endure since initial deployment. Written by military and civilian scholars across the medical and mental health fields, Risk and Resilience in Military Families focuses on four key areas of research: marital functioning, parenting and child outcomes, family sequelae of wounds and injuries, and single service members (who comprise half of currently active troops). The results are up-to-date (and occasionally surprising) findings on psychological health issues affecting service members and their loved ones, and proven strategies for promoting family resilience, intervening to reduce dysfunctional behavior, and guiding families through the recovery process. Training issues and recommendations for further research round out this singular volume.

Included among the topics:

•Deployment: Risk or protective factor for couples? •A community program for “secretive problems” (e.g., drug abuse) in the military. •Interventions for the combat-injured family. •Trauma, PTSD, and partner violence. •The deployment experience for children of service members. •The single mother in the military.

An important text for researchers and academics in family and military studies, as well as for social workers, providers, and policymakers, Risk and Resilience in Military Families offers innovative coverage of a distinctive population and its unique needs.


Army Attachment and Military Families Child Maltreatment Combat Veterans with PTSD Combat-injured Families Deployment and Military Families Military Children Military Families under Stress National Guard PTSD Single Military Mothers family violence

Editors and affiliations

  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
    • 1
  • David Riggs
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Child Development & Family StudiesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Health Sciences, Dept. Medical & Clinical PsychologyUniformed Services University of theBethesdaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-7063-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-7064-0
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