Title page for ETD etd-05052008-213546

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Powell, Courtney Christine
Author's Email Address ccbowles@vt.edu
URN etd-05052008-213546
Title Families under stress: Using the Double ABCX model to understand attachment relationships in families during military deployment
Degree Master of Science
Department Marriage and Family Therapy
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Huebner, Angela J. Committee Chair
McCollum, Eric E. Committee Member
Wittenborn, Andrea K. Committee Member
  • Double ABCX
  • adolescent attachment
  • romantic attachment
  • military deployment
Date of Defense 2008-04-29
Availability unrestricted
While extensive research has been done examining stress in families using the Double ABCX model and examining stress management using attachment theory, there is no research combining the model to understand how they might be integrated in understanding stress and coping. The current study uses the Double ABCX model and research on attachment to suggest that attachment relationships will be the primary resource to adjust for military families during deployment. Two extreme case studies were selected to explore the interplay of these two models. The in-depth interviews of the women with a deployed spouse and with children in the home were examined. Exploration of the experiences of the two women informed a model in understanding the synthesis of stress and attachment and understanding the influence of meaning making and adjustment. Therapeutic implications and suggestions for future research are also discussed.
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