Psychiatry pp 527-531 | Cite as

Warfare and the US Military Family

  • Franklin D. Jones
  • Gregory L. Belenky


Although it had been recognized since WWII that a disproportionate number of combat psychiatric casualties came from the ranks of those with family obligations, the relationship of this finding to the development of combat stress was not fully realized until studies were made of Israeli casualties in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. Noy (1982) and others found that most of these casualties occurred in soldiers undergoing some form of current social, usually family, stress. Such stress might be negative such as marital disharmony, parental problems or illness; but, it might also be positive such as pregnancy, birth of a child or other good news. A peculiarity of the Arab-Israeli Wars has been the ready communication between the Israeli soldier and his family. Noy observed that the overconcern of some Israeli mothers or grandmothers conveyed to the soldier in a telephone conversation before or after a battle could be the precipitant of combat breakdown.


American Family Family Stress Father Absence Military Family Combat Stress 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Franklin D. Jones
    • 1
  • Gregory L. Belenky
    • 1
  1. 1.Neuropsychiatry DivisionWalter Reed Army Institutr of ResearchUSA

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