Military Deployment and its Consequences for Families

  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
  • David S. Riggs

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Linda Hughes-Kirchubel, David S. Riggs
    Pages 1-17
  3. Relationship Functioning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Amber J. Seidel, Melissa M. Franks, Grady F. Murphy, Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
      Pages 21-35
    3. Linda Olivia Nichols, Jennifer Martindale-Adams, Marshall J. Graney, Jeffrey Zuber, Patricia E. Miller, Denise V. Brown
      Pages 61-78
  4. Parenting and Child Outcomes

  5. Single Service Members

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Melissa A. Polusny, Christopher R. Erbes, Emily Hagel Campbell, Hannah Fairman, Mark Kramer, Alexandria K. Johnson
      Pages 151-172
    3. Donald R. McCreary, Jennifer M. Peach, Ann-Renée Blais, Deniz Fikretoglu
      Pages 173-191
  6. Family Sequelae of Wounds and Injuries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Lisa Gorman, Adrian Blow, Michelle Kees, Marcia Valenstein, Chris Jarman, Jim Spira
      Pages 241-257
    3. Joan M. Griffin, Greta Friedemann-Sánchez, Kathleen F. Carlson, Agnes C. Jensen, Amy Gravely, Brent C. Taylor et al.
      Pages 259-280
    4. Tanja Frančišković, Aleksandra Stevanović, Miro Klarić
      Pages 281-292
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 315-336

About this book


We are only beginning to comprehend the extent of the challenges faced by men and women serving in the military--a vast web of difficulties that include those left behind for families when service members leave for combat, and the ones that loom over families when they return.

The contributors to Military Deployment and its Consequences for Families understand in depth the complexities of military life, and how individual sacrifices translate into stressors for partners and children. Focusing on key areas such as relationship and parenting issues and the effects of wounds and injuries, chapters span the diversity of active duty, veteran, National Guard, and Reserve families, including LGB families and divorced and single service members. These findings on challenges, resources, and coping strategies give readers expert guidance in providing services for military families and helping shape the agenda for further research. Among the topics covered:

  • Relational tension in couples during reintegration following deployment.
  • Parenting practices and emotion regulation in National Guard and Reserve families.
  • Tension between family and career: competency-based perceptions of women and mothers.
  • Towards an improved understanding of post-deployment reintegration.
  • Combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder and families.
  • Community support and unmet needs among families of persons with TBI.

Military Deployment and its Consequences for Families focuses on military mental health and well-being, and deserves the attention of researchers and practitioners working in this important field.


Adaptive Parenting Tools Bisexual Military Families DoD policy Gay Military Families LGB Military Families Lesbian military families Military Children of Army Active Duty Service Members Military couples during reintegration Military families and deployment National Guard and Reserve Families PTSD and families Parenting after deployment Post-deployment reintegration Single Mothers in the Military

Editors and affiliations

  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
    • 1
  • David S. Riggs
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Military Family Research InstitutePurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Dept. Medical & Clinical PsychologyUniformed Services University of the Health SciencesBethesdaUSA

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