The experiences of Australian military spouses on overseas postings: a qualitative study

Biedermann, Narelle (2017) The experiences of Australian military spouses on overseas postings: a qualitative study. Australian Defence Force Journal, 202. pp. 53-62.

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Abstract

Geographical mobility is an accepted part of life for a military spouse, as is dealing with extended absences of one’s partner from the home. The aim of this study was to understand the experiences of being a spouse of an Australian Defence Force member who is posted overseas. An asynchronous virtual focus group was conducted with 23 Australian women who accompanied their military spouse on an overseas posting for at least twelve months. Key themes identified from the data were sacrifices for the good of the family; adjustments to new environment; seeking support; and personality and resilience. The provision of more appropriate and relevant support resources before and after the posting would improve adaptation to change experienced by the military spouse and their family.

Item ID: 49919
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1444-7150
Keywords: military spouse, resilience, adaptation, overseas postings, virtual focus group
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2017 01:42
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
81 DEFENCE > 810199 Defence not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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