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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Life satisfaction of Air Force civilian male spouses
by Wilson, Wendy C., Ph.D., Capella University, 2015, 116; 3737374
Abstract (Summary)

Previous literature substantiates that military spouses have a direct impact on reenlistment decisions of active duty service members. Studies state that life satisfaction and family support are interrelated, and a military spouse’s life satisfaction with the military is conceded as the key predictor in reenlistment decisions. Previous research on military spouses focuses on the female spouse population and there is a lack of research concerning the growing male spouse population. This dissertation research study utilized a quantitative experimental design with the primary goal of investigating the relationship between civilian male military spouses’ life satisfaction, sense of community, social support, and utilization of U.S. Air Force overseas base agency support and community services. Data was collected from 81 completed surveys through an online format using SurveyMonkey using the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) (Diener, Emmons, Larsen, & Griffin, 1985), Sense of Community Index-2 (SCI-2) (Chavis, Lee, & Acosta, 2008), Medical Outcomes Study (MOS) social support survey (Sherbourne & Stewart, 1991), and a dichotomous survey. The gathered data was subsequently analyzed utilizing simple linear regression and ANOVA. No statistically significant correlation between participating in base community services and life satisfaction was found. Sense of community and social support were found as statistically significant predictors of life satisfaction. There was no statistically significant correlation in life satisfaction, between those that do actively utilizing base agency services compared to those that do not. Military leadership can use the knowledge gained from the findings of this study to identify and construct support services and programs to adequately support the male spouse population.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Owens, David A.
Commitee: Ross, William, Woods, Manuel
School: Capella University
Department: School of Public Service Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 77/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Individual & family studies, Military studies
Keywords: Air Force, Gender role theory, Life satisfaction, Male spouses, Military spouse, Social support
Publication Number: 3737374
ISBN: 978-1-339-26644-2
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