Relational turbulence within military couples during reintegration following deployment

Leanne K. Knobloch, Jennifer A. Theiss

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Reunion following deployment is a critical juncture for returning service members and their romantic partners. Studies suggest that reintegration can be an emotionally volatile period of heightened expectations, profound joys, and unexpected frustrations. We draw on the relational turbulence model to shed light on how military couples navigate the reentry period. The model argues that times of transition are turbulent within romantic relationships because people encounter relational uncertainty as well as interference from partners in their everyday routines. We devote this chapter to reviewing the model's assumptions, describing data from investigations involving recently-reunited romantic partners, proposing recommendations for practice, and delineating pathways for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMilitary Deployment and its Consequences for Families
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781461487128
ISBN (Print)9781461487111
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Interference from partners
  • Military deployment
  • Relational turbulence
  • Relational uncertainty
  • Transitions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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