Prenatal and Postnatal Psychosocial Adaptation in Military Women



While the military family has existed throughout time and dealt with continual military operations and deployments, little is known about the military family and even less about the pregnant military wife. Notably, maternal adaptation is a progressive process that does not occur in isolation from one’s environment. The ability to adapt and identify with the concept of being a mother, particularly for the first-time mother (versus the second or third), requires self-socialization and a testing of self-­definitions (Deutsch, Ruble, Fleming, Brooks-Gunn, & Stangor, 1988). For ­military wives attempting to accommodate new maternal self-definitions, there may be increased conflict because of the isolating factors associated with the military.


Community Support Military Family Psychosocial Adaptation Maternal Role Family Adaptability 
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  1. 1.University of TexasGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.United States Air Force School of Aerospace MedicineBrooks-City BaseUSA

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