This study used a qualitative approach to explore the impact of post-deployment on family life, from the perspective of the parent, partner or family member. There were 12 participants in this study.
Two-thirds reported the most difficult aspect of adjusting to post-deployment was coping with the veterans' Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) related-symptoms (e.g., flashbacks). Just over half of the family members reported difficulties coping with their veterans' behavior problems, such as changes in personality. The veterans difficulties in sleeping was also cited as being difficult to cope with by family members during the post-deployment phase. The most common coping mechanism used was family support.
Longitudinal research is needed on the impact of post-deployment on family life. Additional research is also needed on the services that the veterans and their families needed during and after deployment.
|Commitee:||Jennings, Lisa, Wilson, Steve|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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