ERIC Number: ED264497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Preparation for Separation: Preparing the Military Family for Duty-Related Separation. Crisis Intervention Topics.
Hadaway, Nancy L.
Duty related separation for military family members demands family support programs to help alleviate the stresses produced by separation. Not only is performance of the military member affected, but so is the emotional stability of the spouse and children. Three phases of emotion and behavior can be delineated in the sequence-reaction to the loss or change of separation: (1) protest; (2) despair; and (3) detachment. This sequence can lead to generalized anxiety and significant depressive symptoms. Adequate preparation for the stages of separation (the notification of separation, the actual departure, and the resulting difficulty of coping alone) will help the spouse adjust to the new roles and life style. The waiting spouse must also adapt to the new emotions and behaviors of reunion when the military spouse returns. This final stage of separation adjustment, integration and reorganization, is made difficult by individual growth and change in the waiting spouse and other family members. Crisis intervention, prior preparation, and sustained support enable the waiting spouse to cope more effectively with all stages of separation. Family counseling, financial and legal counseling, education, support groups, individual counseling, and crisis hot lines can all contribute to the family's successful adjustment to the military members' separation and return. (ABB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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