THE MEANING AND LIVED EXPERIENCE OF DEPLOYMENT AS PERCEIVED BY MILITARY OFFICERS' SPOUSES/PARTNERS
Bitner, Marcy Matson
This study addressed the question, "What is the lived experience of and meaning held by military officers' spouses/partners regarding multiple, year-long or longer deployments of their active duty military wife/partner in the post-9/11 era?" A literature review indicated a paucity of information about this relatively new phenomenon and that the impact on spouses/partners warranted investigation. Study findings provide insight for health professionals about the stressors experienced and coping mechanisms utilized by military officer spouses/partners during repeated yearlong or longer deployment. The findings afford an in-depth understanding of the complex and emerging issues faced by these individuals. The researcher used Max van Manen's approach to hermeneutic phenomenology to guide the study. This approach focused on employing individuals' reflections on their experiences to reach an understanding of the deeper meaning of the experience. The essence of the experience was ambiguous loss and resilience. The researcher used purposive sampling to recruit seven participants who were spouses of military officer spouses for five and seventeen years and who experienced between two and six spousal/partner deployments. Strategies to address study credibility included methodological congruence, triangulation, thick description, prolonged engagement in the field, continuing search for disconfirming evidence, verbatim transcription, engagement in reflexivity, maintenance of an audit trail, and data saturation. Data were coded and analyzed for patterns and themes in an effort to identify the essence of participants' lived experience.
Bitner, Marcy Matson. (January 2011). THE MEANING AND LIVED EXPERIENCE OF DEPLOYMENT AS PERCEIVED BY MILITARY OFFICERS' SPOUSES/PARTNERS (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/3547.)
Bitner, Marcy Matson. THE MEANING AND LIVED EXPERIENCE OF DEPLOYMENT AS PERCEIVED BY MILITARY OFFICERS' SPOUSES/PARTNERS. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, January 2011. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/3547. February 20, 2020.
Bitner, Marcy Matson, “THE MEANING AND LIVED EXPERIENCE OF DEPLOYMENT AS PERCEIVED BY MILITARY OFFICERS' SPOUSES/PARTNERS” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, January 2011).
Bitner, Marcy Matson. THE MEANING AND LIVED EXPERIENCE OF DEPLOYMENT AS PERCEIVED BY MILITARY OFFICERS' SPOUSES/PARTNERS [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; January 2011.
East Carolina University