Spouse Psychological Well-Being: A Keystone to Military Family Health

J Hum Behav Soc Environ. 2013 Jan 1;23(6):10.1080/10911359.2013.795068. doi: 10.1080/10911359.2013.795068.


Understanding predictors of military spouse psychosocial vulnerability informs efforts to assess, identify, and support at-risk spouses and families. In this analysis we test the effects of family stress and strain on military spouse psychological health, using a sample of female civilian spouses (n=161). Regression findings confirm expectations of the significant contribution of family stressors, strain, and resources in explaining variation in spouses' psychological health, controlling for deployment and socioeconomic factors. Identifying the effects of family stress on military spouse psychological health supports the need for family-centered interventions and prevention programs.

Keywords: deployment; mental health; military family; military spouse; social support; stress.