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Military Moms: Deployment and Reintegration Challenges to Motherhood

  • Tova B. WalshEmail author
  • Bethsaida Nieves
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Part of the Integrating Psychiatry and Primary Care book series (IPPC)

Abstract

With women representing an increasing proportion of the U.S. military, and approximately 40% of women who serve in the U.S. military being parents, “military mothers” are a steadily growing population. Military mothers face prolonged separations from their children due to deployment, and experience significant stress before, during, and after deployment. This chapter explores mothers’ experiences of parenting across the deployment cycle. While many military mothers demonstrate remarkable resilience and coping abilities, all mothers returning home from deployment confront normative challenges including the reestablishment of relationships, roles, and routines, and for some, these challenges are compounded by PTSD symptoms and other psychological impacts. Much is yet unknown regarding the distinct experiences and support needs of military mothers and their families as they negotiate separations and reunions, and better understanding is necessary to inform services that are responsive to their specific needs.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rutgers School of Social WorkNew BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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