Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Finding the Fire Within: Military Wives and the Complex Journey of Individuation
by Berry, Dawn M., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 64; 1690647
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis employs heuristic and hermeneutic methodologies to explore the lives of military wives from a depth psychological perspective. The author investigates the obstacles inherent within the military lifestyle that may hinder military wives’ journeys through the complex process of individuation. The hindrances explored include dependence, marginalization, and myriad psychological challenges such as depression, anxiety, stress, and grief that result from frequent separations from loved ones, transiency, deployments, lack of control, and loss of identity. This thesis posits that individuation is critical to achieving wholeness and a healthy psyche; however, for military wives, their lifestyles place them at a distinct disadvantage in the individuation process as compared to civilian women. Informing psychotherapists of this unique population’s struggles enables therapists to work more effectively with military wives. This work suggests possible clinical applications of the findings and discusses the clinical implications of the research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jacobson, Gioia
Commitee:
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Counseling Psychology, Military studies
Keywords: Depth, Individuation, Military, Psychology, Spouse, Wife
Publication Number: 1690647
ISBN: 978-1-321-61308-7
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