The Milspouse Battle Rhythm: Communicating Resilience Throughout the Deployment Cycle

Melinda Villagran, Mollie Rose Canzona, Christy J.W. Ledford

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Abstract

Military spouses (milspouses) enact resilience through communication before, during, and after military deployments. Based on an organizing framework of resilience processes (Buzzanell, 2010), this study examined milspouses' communicative construction of resilience during an increasingly rapid military deployment cycle. Narratives from in-depth interviews with military spouses (n = 24) revealed how resilience is achieved through communication seeking to reconcile the often contradictory realities of milspouses who endure physical, psychological, and social difficulties due to prolonged separations from their partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)778-788
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Communication
Volume28
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication

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