Countless people face the military deployment cycle: service members, parents, children, and spouses all face different emotions during distinctive phases. This study investigates the reintegration phase from the standpoint of the non-deployed wife. Using Weblog entries of four military wives, the tenets of grounded theory were applied to determine communicative patterns that were present during the time frame between news of the reunion with the service member and reintegration back into the family routine.
The findings within this study reveal a complex relationship when a couple goes from a long-distance relationship to a geographically close relationship with limited communication, such as a military deployment cycle. The results of this interpretive study reveal: 1) wives indulge in idealization of their spouses while geographically separated; 2) when the wives' (co) constructed reality is juxtaposed with idealization there is a disruption in the relational culture being evidenced in relational dialectical tension; and 3) the change that occurred during the deployment cycle produced relational turning points.
|Commitee:||Fowler, Craig, Niles Goins, Marnel|
|School:||California State University, Fresno|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Communication, Individual & family studies, Web Studies|
|Keywords:||Communication, Deployment, Dialectical tensions, Idealization, Reintegration, Turning points|
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