Experiences of U.S. military couples during the post-deployment transition: Applying the relational turbulence model

Leanne Knobloch, Jennifer A. Theiss

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Abstract

Although many military couples eagerly await reunion after deployment, the reentry of service members into family life can be challenging. This study employed the relational turbulence model to identify the issues facing military couples during the post-deployment transition. Individuals who had been reunited with their romantic partner during the past six months (N = 259; 137 service members, 122 partners) completed an online questionnaire. Content analytic results indicated that people encounter diverse changes to their relationship (RQ1), issues of relational uncertainty (RQ2), and interference in their daily routines (RQ3). Women, at-home partners, and reservist couples appear especially likely to encounter upheaval (RQ4). The relational turbulence model may have utility for illuminating the experiences of military couples upon reintegration.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages423-450
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

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Keywords

  • interference from partners
  • military deployment
  • relational turbulence
  • relational uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Experiences of U.S. military couples during the post-deployment transition : Applying the relational turbulence model. / Knobloch, Leanne; Theiss, Jennifer A.

In: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Vol. 29, No. 4, 01.06.2012, p. 423-450.

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