Life as the spouse or partner of military service or other support agency members can be challenging. One of the most dreaded, but acknowledged, challenges a spouse might face is supporting their loved one with either a physical or mental wound after a combat deployment. Considering the worldwide number of military members, dealing with a wounded spouse is less common than the frequent relocation to distant or remote locations. For spouses, relocation can be with or without the member and inside the continental U.S. or to a more distance or remote location overseas. This study evaluated the services provided by a military organization designed to assist spouses who join their military or support agency members in relocation to an overseas location. This study was conducted in collaboration with the military organization to evaluate the programs that support the transitioning spouses. The research questions enabled an understanding of (a) the experiences of a non-service spouse or partner with the Organization between the time of deciding to accompany their partners deployed overseas, and the ultimate settlement at the new location; and (b) how the assistance of the military organization impacted or influenced the successful integration of the spouse or partner into the new military community. This project, an action research, used a generic qualitative inquiry and a sample of 20 diverse respondents drawn from a population of 900 families who had recently accompanied their spouses or partner in an overseas relocation. In-depth interviews allowed participants to express their experiences with the organization before they decided to accompany their partners overseas, during the move, and finally, upon arriving in the new environment. The data collected was analyzed, and the themes that emerged indicated that the programs and services offered by the organization were valuable to the spouses' transition and integration but indicated that additional programs or services were necessary. The study also indicated that more evaluation specifically focused on the location of the overseas base might improve the support offered to spouses as they transition into these locations.
|Commitee:||Dunn, C. Ryan, Wright, Robert|
|Department:||School of Public Service Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Individual & family studies, Military studies, Public administration|
|Keywords:||Military spouse, Overseas assignments, Program evaluation, Resilience and the military family, Resilience theory, Resilient spouse|
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