Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Military Families

  • Mallory Lucier-GreerEmail author
  • Frank D. Fincham
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_488


Military families are defined as those in which one or more members of the family unit serve in the Armed Forces. Typically, researchers use a narrower definition to include the spouse and dependent children of military personnel. Here we focus on military families within the United States (US), beginning with a review of factors that differentiate service members and influence the experience of military family life, including the branch of service, time commitment to the military, and rank of the service member.

Structurally, the US Department of Defense (DoD) is charged with carrying out military policy and coordinating the US Armed Forces. The branches of the US Armed Forces are the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The service branches depend on one another to carry out military missions, but culture, policies, deployment tempo, and even terminology vary widely among the branches (Blaisure et al. 2012). Additionally, service members are part of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA