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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

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

About the editors

Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth is director of the Military Family Research Institute and the Center for Families and professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. Her research focuses on relationships between job conditions and family life, with a special focus on military families and organizational policies, programs and practices. Her research has been widely published, and has been funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Henry A. Murray Center, the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the state of Indiana, the Lilly Endowment, and others. She serves on the editorial boards of several major family research journals, and is a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations, and a recipient of the Work Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute. She serves on the Returning Veterans Committee of the Institute of Medicine. David Riggs is a clinical psychologist and research associate professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Much of his work has focused on trauma, violence and anxiety, particularly the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders on the families of those directly affected. He has trained numerous student and mental health professionals, published more than 60 articles and book chapters, and presented more than 200 papers and workshops. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and his doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and completed a clinical psychology internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Previous positions include clinical research and academic appointments at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, the National Center for PTSD, the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Tufts University, Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Military Deployment and its Consequences for Families
  • Editors Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
    David S. Riggs
  • Series Title Risk and Resilience in Military and Veteran Families
  • Series Abbreviated Title Ri. Res. Mil. Vet.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4614-8711-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-4552-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-8712-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 336
  • Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Family
    Psychology Research
    Social Policy
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