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War and Family Life

  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
  • David S. Riggs

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Linda Hughes-Kirchubel, Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, David S. Riggs
    Pages 1-15
  3. Susan J. Neuhaus, Samantha Crompvoets, Colonel Stephanie Hodson, Beverley Raphael
    Pages 145-164
  4. Susanne W. Gibbons, Edward J. Hickling
    Pages 181-193
  5. Valerie A. Stander, Cynthia J. Thomsen, Stephanie K. McWhorter, Lex L. Merrill, Joel S. Milner
    Pages 213-237
  6. C. Beau Nelson, Kristen M. Abraham, Erin M. Miller, Michelle R. Kees, Heather M. Walters, Marcia Valenstein et al.
    Pages 239-260
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 321-331

About this book


This unique resource provides findings and insights regarding the multiple impacts of military duty on service members and veterans, specifically from a family standpoint.

Broad areas of coverage include marital and family relationships, parenting issues, family effects of war injuries, and family concerns of single service members. The book's diverse contents highlight understudied populations and topics gaining wider interest while examining the immediate and long-term impact of service on family functioning. In addition to raising awareness of issues, chapters point to potential solutions including science-based pre- and post-deployment programs, more responsive training for practitioners, and more focused research and policy directions.

Among the topics covered:

  • Deployment and divorce: an in-depth analysis by relevant demographic and military characteristics.
  • Military couples and posttraumatic stress: interpersonally based behaviors and cognitions as mechanisms of individual and couple distress.
  • Warfare and parent care: armed conflict and the social logic of child and national protection.
  • Understanding the experiences of women and LGBT veterans in Department of Veterans Affairs care.
  • Risk and resilience factors in combat military health care providers.
  • Tangible, instrumental, and emotional support among homeless veterans.
War and Family Life offers up-to-date understanding for mental health professionals who serve military families, both in the U.S. and abroad.


Childhood Sexual Abuse Fathers in the Military Homeless Veterans LGBT Veterans Military Couples Military Deployment and Divorce Military Families Military Health Military and Veteran Families PTSD Postdeployment Marriage and Divorce Postdeployment Mental Health Postdeployment Readjustment Reintegration of Ill and Injured Service Members Reintigration of Service Members Veteran Employment Women Veterans

Editors and affiliations

  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
    • 1
  • David S. Riggs
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human Development & Family StudiesPurdue University, Military Family Research InstituteWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military MedicineUniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, USABethesdaUSA

About the editors

Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth is director of the Military Family Research Institute and the Center for Families and professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. Her research focuses on relationships between job conditions and family life, with a special focus on military families and organizational policies, programs and practices. Her research has been widely published, and has been funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Henry A. Murray Center, the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the state of Indiana, Lilly Endowment, and others. She serves on the editorial boards of several major family research journals, and is a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations and a recipient of the Work Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute. She served on the Returning Veterans Committee of the Institute of Medicine and the Psychological Health External Advisory Committee of the Defense Health Board.

David Riggs is a clinical psychologist who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Deployment Psychology and research associate professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Much of his work has focused on trauma, violence and anxiety, particularly the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders on the families of those directly affected. He has trained numerous student and mental health professionals, publi

shed more than 80 articles and book chapters, and presented numerous papers and workshops. Previous positions include clinical research positions at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety and the National Center for PTSD, as well as academic appointments at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Tufts University, Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title War and Family Life
  • Editors Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
    David S. Riggs
  • Series Title Risk and Resilience in Military and Veteran Families
  • Series Abbreviated Title Ri. Res. Mil. Vet.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-21487-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79344-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-21488-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXV, 331
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Family
    Psychology Research
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