Communication of Military Couples During Deployment and Reunion: Changes, Challenges, Benefits, and Advice

Leanne K. Knobloch, Erin D. Basinger, Erin C. Wehrman, Aaron T. Ebata, Patricia C. McGlaughlin

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Abstract

The emotional cycle of deployment model proposes that military couples face both obstacles and opportunities across the trajectory of deployment. Guided by the model, we seek to address gaps in the literature by investigating how 236 recently reunited service members and at-home partners (N = 118 couples) describe their experiences during deployment and reunion. Results of content analyses revealed a variety of changes to communication during deployment (RQ1), challenges of reunion (RQ2), benefits of deployment (RQ3), and advice for reintegration (RQ4). These findings bolster and extend the emotional cycle of deployment model; they also have practical utility for helping military couples navigate deployment and reunion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-179
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Family Communication
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication

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