Portraits of Resilience: Same-Sex Military Couples' Experience of Deployment

dc.contributor.authorCurtis, Ansley Fraseren
dc.contributor.committeechairWittenborn, Andrea K.en
dc.contributor.committeememberHuebner, Angela J.en
dc.contributor.committeememberFalconier, Marianaen
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Developmenten
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-26T07:00:35Zen
dc.date.available2015-11-26T07:00:35Zen
dc.date.issued2014-06-03en
dc.description.abstractResearch investigating how same-sex military couples conjointly experience the deployment process is absent. This study employed transcendental phenomenological methods (Moustakas, 1994) to explore the lived experiences of same-sex military couples and the deployment process. In-depth, conjoint interviews were conducted with eighteen individuals: five female couples and four male couples, representing four military branches, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Three thematic categories emerged that revealed the essence of the couples' experiences of deployment: deployment experience is context-dependent, challenges associated with sexual minority status, and learned resilience. Though couples experienced a host of unique challenges related to their minority status and restrictive policies, couples developed adaptive coping strategies that served to mediate the impact of distinctive barriers and restrictions. Findings demonstrate the vulnerability and resilience of same-sex military couples during deployment. Political, clinical, and research implications are discussed.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen
dc.format.mediumETDen
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:3108en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/64191en
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectsame-sexen
dc.subjectLGBen
dc.subjectmilitaryen
dc.subjectcouplesen
dc.subjectdeploymenten
dc.subjectphenomenologyen
dc.subjectresilienceen
dc.titlePortraits of Resilience: Same-Sex Military Couples' Experience of 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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