The goal of this book is to review the factors that contribute to stress in military families and to point toward strategies and policies that can help. Presenting new data and analyses, it covers the major topics including a chapter on single service members.
Among the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are the human losses -- over 5,000 dead and over 35,000 wounded. Additionally, service personnel often return with traumatic brain injuries, missing limbs, and severe psychological disorders. All of this exacerbates the stress that family members have had to endure since initial deployment. Written by military and civilian scholars across the medical and mental health fields, Risk and Resilience in Military Families focuses on four key areas of research: marital functioning, parenting and child outcomes, family sequelae of wounds and injuries, and single service members (who comprise half of currently active troops). The results are up-to-date (and occasionally surprising) findings on psychological health issues affecting service members and their loved ones, and proven strategies for promoting family resilience, intervening to reduce dysfunctional behavior, and guiding families through the recovery process. Training issues and recommendations for further research round out this singular volume.
Included among the topics: Deployment: Risk or protective factor for couples? A community program for secretive problems (e.g., drug abuse) in the military. Interventions for the combat-injured family. Trauma, PTSD, and partner violence. The deployment experience for children of service members. The single mother in the military.
An important text for researchers and academics in family and military studies, as well as for social workers, providers, and policymakers, Risk and Resilience in Military Families offers innovative coverage of a distinctive population and its unique needs.
U.S. Military Families Under Stress: What We Know and What We Need to Know.-I. Marital Functioning.-Introduction.-Does Deployment Keep Marriages Together or Break Them Apart? Evidence from Afghanistan and Iraq.-Couple Functioning and PTSD in Returning OIF Soldiers: Preliminary Findings from the Readiness and Resilience in National Guard Soldiers Project.-Distress in Spouses of Combat Veterans with PTSD: The Importance of Interpersonally Based Cognitions and Behaviors.-Empirically Guided Community Intervention for Partner Abuse, Child Maltreatment, Suicidality, and Substance Misuse.-II. Parenting and Child Outcomes.-Introduction.-Child Maltreatment within Military Families.-Attachment Ties in Military Families: Mothers' Perceptions of Interactions with their Children, Stress, and Social Competence.-Wartime Deployment and Military Children: Applying Prevention Science to Enhance Family Resilience.-Understanding the Deployment Experience for Children from Military Families.-III. Family Sequelae of Wounds and Injuries.-Introduction.-Trauma, PTSD, and Partner Violence in Military Families.-Couples' Psychosocial Adaptation to Combat Wounds and Injuries.-Parent and Adolescent Positive and Negative Disability-Related Events and their Relation to Adjustment.-Working with Combat Injured Families Through the Recovery Trajectory.-IV. Single Service Members.-Introduction.-Deployment, Reenlistment Intentions, and Actual Reenlistment: Single and Married Active-Component Service Members.-Post-Deployment Indicators of Single Soldiers' Wellbeing.-The Single Service Member: Substance Use, Stress, and Mental Health Issues.-Single Military Mothers in the New Millennium: Stresses, Supports, and Effects of Deployment.-Conclusion
From the reviews:
"Provides a thorough review of clinical issues and strategies related to state-of-the-art assessment and treatment relevant to couples, children, and adolescents in the military family. ... The intended audience for this volume includes professionals who are interested in working with a military population ... . interesting, informative, and thought provoking primarily with respect to the assessment and treatment of military families ... . Any mental health provider interested in this population ... will find the book enjoyable and useful with respect to professional responsibilities." (Steven Bucky, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 56 (31), August, 2011)
War related separations challenge military families in many ways. The worry and uncertainty associated with absent family members exacerbates the challenges of personal, social, and economic resources on the home front. U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have sent a million service personnel from the U.S. alone into conflict areas leaving millions of spouses, children and others in stressful circumstances. This is not a new situation for military families, but it has taken a toll of magnified proportions in recent times. In addition, medical advances have prolonged the life of those who might have died of injuries. As a result, more families are caring for those who have experienced amputation, traumatic brain injury, and profound psychological wounds. The Department of Defence has launched unprecedented efforts to support service members and families before, during, and after deployment in all locations of the country as well as in remote locations. Stress in U.S. Military Families brings together an interdisciplinary group of experts from the military to the medical to examine the issues of this critical problem. Its goal is to review the factors that contribute to stress in military families and to point toward strategies and policies that can help. Covering the major topics of parenting, marital functioning, and the stress of medical care, and including a special chapter on single service members, it serves as a comprehensive guide for those who will intervene in these problems and for those undertaking their research.
Presents new data and new analyses of the research on military families
Offers interdisciplinary perspective from military to mental health
Contributors are leading researchers in the field
Offers a mix of research and intervention