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dc.contributor.authorHollingsworth, William-Glenn Langleyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-21T12:33:00Z
dc.date.available2015-09-21T12:33:00Z
dc.date.issued2014-03-13en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:2298en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/56628
dc.description.abstractSince the beginning of the Global War on Terror, almost three million children, spouses, and adult dependents have been directly affected by the deployment experiences of more than two million service members. This study examined the applicability of the Contextual Model of Family Stress (Boss, 2002) to a reintegrating military family sample (N = 228) by assessing the effects of external, military-related contextual factors (i.e., rank, component, combat exposure, length of time home post-deployment, and cumulative length of deployments) and internal contextual factors of boundary ambiguity and family and deployment-related ambivalence on family functioning. Quantitative data were taken from a national survey of service members from multiple branches of the United States military. A hierarchical regression analysis revealed that, as a whole, the addition of the military-related contextual factors, boundary ambiguity, and the ambivalence variables made a significant contribution to the prediction of family functioning, controlling for all previously entered variables. Service members from lower ranks and those who had been home for longer periods of time reported poorer family functioning. Higher degrees of boundary ambiguity and family ambivalence were also associated with poorer family functioning. The results from this study extend existing theoretical applications of the Contextual Model (Boss, 2002) to military families through the incorporation of boundary ambiguity and ambivalence. Findings will also inform interventions aimed at promoting family resilience in the military population during the post-deployment period.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectmilitary familiesen_US
dc.subjectboundary ambiguityen_US
dc.subjectambivalenceen_US
dc.subjectdeploymenten_US
dc.subjectfamily relationsen_US
dc.subjectreintegrationen_US
dc.titleBoundary Ambiguity and Ambivalence in Military Family Reintegrationen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Developmenten_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Developmenten_US
dc.contributor.committeechairDolbin-MacNab, Megan Leighen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBlieszner, Rosemaryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMarek, Lydia I.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPiercy, Fred P.en_US


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