Accession Number : ADA195955

Title :   Family Strengths and Adaptation to Army Life: A Focus of Variations in Family Values and Expectations Across Racial/Ethnic Groups and Rank.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 25 Nov 86-22 Nov 87,

Corporate Author : CALIBER ASSOCIATES FAIRFAX VA

Personal Author(s) : Bowen, Gary L ; Janofsky, Barbara J

PDF Url : ADA195955

Report Date : 22 Jan 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 104

Abstract : This report is a summary and interpretation of data collected from military personnel, spouses, service providers and leaders. Interviews and surveys were conducted at two FORSCOM installations. The study examined family values and expectations. A model was developed which hypothesized linkages between family related values and both family related and Army related outcomes. Subsequent to several data analyses, six value dimensions were identified. Based on the hypothesized linkages, comparisons were made between members and spouses, among racial/ethnic groups, between ranks, and across religious or church preference. The report contained an abundance of knowledge concerning young enlisted families. The emphasis on values will enable families to look at their strengths in a positive manner and identify what is important to individuals as well as families. The report examined chaplain services and concluded that these were viewed very positively by the respondents. Satisfaction with chaplain services significantly impacted upon satisfaction with Army life and feelings about an Army career. Additionally, the report contains number of model questions and exercises which can be used in working with family groups or retreats. The final section of the report presents implications for ministry. It outlines and discusses four specific recommendations for chaplain ministry.

Descriptors :   *ARMY PERSONNEL, *ETHNIC GROUPS, *FAMILY MEMBERS, *RACE RELATIONS, ADAPTATION, CAREERS, DATA PROCESSING, ENLISTED PERSONNEL, LIFE SCIENCES, MILITARY PERSONNEL, MODELS, RELIGION, ADAPTATION, ARMY PERSONNEL, CAREERS, DATA PROCESSING, ENLISTED PERSONNEL, ETHNIC GROUPS, FAMILY MEMBERS, LIFE SCIENCES, MILITARY PERSONNEL, MODELS, RACE(ANTHROPOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE