Title page for ETD etd-08112003-191208

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Keller, Christine
Author's Email Address chkeller@vt.edu
URN etd-08112003-191208
Title Community Connections Factors Related to Army Wives' Adaptation
Degree Master of Science
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mancini, Jay A. Committee Chair
Arditti, Joyce A. Committee Member
Benson, Mark J. Committee Member
  • community capacity
  • military family
  • adaptation
Date of Defense 2003-05-06
Availability unrestricted
When military members deploy or temporarily relocate, spouses are left behind to maintain not only their normal day-to-day activities, but also assume the responsibilities of the absent spouse. In cases such as these potentially stressful events, it is important to have adequate support networks within the community to assist individuals in sustaining a sense of personal well-being. The data source of the study is the 2001 Survey of Army Families IV. The survey focuses on randomly selected wives of active duty Army members (n=6451). The research model for this study includes wives' adaptation as the criterion variable, with community connections as independent variables and a set of contextual influence measures also considered as independent variables. Regression analysis for the entire sample indicated that wives with greater adaptation utilized more formal network resources. Among wives of officers, the most important predictors were volunteering and having a close confidant, whereas among wives of enlisted military members most important factors were participating with the Family Readiness Group and employment status.
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