War and Family Life

  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
  • David S. Riggs
Part of the Risk and Resilience in Military and Veteran Families book series (RRMV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Linda Hughes-Kirchubel, Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, David S. Riggs
    Pages 1-15
  3. Susan J. Neuhaus, Samantha Crompvoets, Colonel Stephanie Hodson, Beverley Raphael
    Pages 145-164
  4. Susanne W. Gibbons, Edward J. Hickling
    Pages 181-193
  5. Valerie A. Stander, Cynthia J. Thomsen, Stephanie K. McWhorter, Lex L. Merrill, Joel S. Milner
    Pages 213-237
  6. C. Beau Nelson, Kristen M. Abraham, Erin M. Miller, Michelle R. Kees, Heather M. Walters, Marcia Valenstein et al.
    Pages 239-260
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 321-331

About this book


This unique resource provides findings and insights regarding the multiple impacts of military duty on service members and veterans, specifically from a family standpoint.

Broad areas of coverage include marital and family relationships, parenting issues, family effects of war injuries, and family concerns of single service members. The book's diverse contents highlight understudied populations and topics gaining wider interest while examining the immediate and long-term impact of service on family functioning. In addition to raising awareness of issues, chapters point to potential solutions including science-based pre- and post-deployment programs, more responsive training for practitioners, and more focused research and policy directions.

Among the topics covered:

  • Deployment and divorce: an in-depth analysis by relevant demographic and military characteristics.
  • Military couples and posttraumatic stress: interpersonally based behaviors and cognitions as mechanisms of individual and couple distress.
  • Warfare and parent care: armed conflict and the social logic of child and national protection.
  • Understanding the experiences of women and LGBT veterans in Department of Veterans Affairs care.
  • Risk and resilience factors in combat military health care providers.
  • Tangible, instrumental, and emotional support among homeless veterans.
War and Family Life offers up-to-date understanding for mental health professionals who serve military families, both in the U.S. and abroad.


Childhood Sexual Abuse Fathers in the Military Homeless Veterans LGBT Veterans Military Couples Military Deployment and Divorce Military Families Military Health Military and Veteran Families PTSD Postdeployment Marriage and Divorce Postdeployment Mental Health Postdeployment Readjustment Reintegration of Ill and Injured Service Members Reintigration of Service Members Veteran Employment Women Veterans

Editors and affiliations

  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
    • 1
  • David S. Riggs
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human Development & Family StudiesPurdue University, Military Family Research InstituteWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military MedicineUniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, USABethesdaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-21488-7
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-21487-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-21488-7
  • About this book