Challenges Facing Military Spouses During Postdeployment Reintegration: A Review of the Literature and Current Supports

Rachael K Bommarito, Michelle Sherman, Jessica H Rudi, Jude P. Mikal, Lynne M. Borden

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Abstract

The reintegration period when service members return from deployment and transition back into family life is usually filled with joy, but can also involve unique stressors and challenges. In this review, the authors synthesize the empirical literature on the well-being of military spouses during reintegration across 6 domains: mental health, social/role functioning, relationship functioning, spiritual functioning, physical health, and financial well-being. In each domain, the authors provide an overview of current support programs available to military spouses to aid in reintegration. Recommendations for future research and programming are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-63
Number of pages13
JournalMilitary Behavioral Health
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is the result of a partnership funded by the Department of Defense between the Office of Military Community and Family Policy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture through a cooperative agreement with the University of Minnesota under Award No. 2013-48710-21515.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Keywords

  • deployment
  • marriage relations
  • mental health
  • military children
  • military families
  • military service members
  • Military spouses
  • reintegration
  • well-being

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