Adolescents and Adaptation: The Experience Of Youth In Military Families Dealing With Parental Deployment

dc.contributor.authorWilcox, Ryan M.en
dc.contributor.committeechairHuebner, Angela J.en
dc.contributor.committeememberMcCollum, Eric E.en
dc.contributor.committeememberStith, Sandra M.en
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Developmenten
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:36:59Zen
dc.date.adate2007-05-23en
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:36:59Zen
dc.date.issued2007-05-09en
dc.date.rdate2007-05-23en
dc.date.sdate2007-05-15en
dc.description.abstractThis study examined the processes associated with bonadaptation and maladaptation among adolescents with a deployed military parent. Specifically, this inquiry explored general themes of adaptation as well as those that are associated with the phenomenon of ambiguous loss. To examine the data this qualitative study used the constant comparative as well as modified analytic induction. Focus groups of 107 adolescents ranging in age from 11 to 15 were used to find five high adjustment adolescents and five low adjustment adolescents. This study found that common themes from each group included parental deployment status and frequency; formal and informal supports; changes in discipline; coping and stress reduction; changes in living arrangements; and contact with the deployed parents. This study found that there were commonalities within the members of the group and differences between the two groups themselves. It was also discovered that both groups exhibited indicators of ambiguous loss but were at different ends of the adjustment continuum. This study attributes this difference to the utilization of formal and informal supports as well as positive meanings attached to the deployment due to perceived benefits of the parent being deployed.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen
dc.identifier.otheretd-05152007-140049en
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05152007-140049/en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/32813en
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.relation.haspartRWilcoxFinalThesis.pdfen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectAmbiguous Lossen
dc.subjectMilitaryen
dc.subjectDeploymenten
dc.subjectAdaptationen
dc.subjectAdolescentsen
dc.titleAdolescents and Adaptation: The Experience Of Youth In Military Families Dealing With Parental Deploymenten
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Developmenten
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
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