Accession Number : ADA304281

Title :   How to Support Families during Overseas Deployments: A Sourcebook for Service Providers.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Mar 94-Dec 95,

Corporate Author : MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK

Personal Author(s) : Bell, D. B. ; Stevens, Mary L. ; Segal, Mady W.

PDF Url : ADA304281

Report Date : JAN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : The purpose of this report is to review what is known about family support that can be applied to future Army deployments. The review is restricted to units of at least 150 service members that have deployed for at least a six month period since 1980. The Army's current installation-level support system for the Active Component (AC) has been fairly stable since 1990. The support system for AC battalions is highly dependent upon volunteers and thus varies by the numbers, talents, and interests of those who participate in it. Reserve Component (RC) families are fairly similar to AC families in the problems they experience and they use friends and relatives to handle most difficulties they encounter. They are more likely to use local Army assets (e.g., CHAMPUS, Family Support Groups, and local Army units) than to use military installation-based services (probably because of the distances involved in visiting such services). All RC literature we located suggested that family dispersion made the delivery of family services difficult. The report also contains suggestions on how to improve the operation of family support systems, particularly those at the battalion level and below.

Descriptors :   *DEPLOYMENT, *ARMY PERSONNEL, *STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), *FAMILY MEMBERS, *MORALE, *HANDBOOKS, *OVERSEAS, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, ARMY RESEARCH, GROUP DYNAMICS, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, ARMY FACILITIES, PROBLEM SOLVING, LIMITATIONS, MISSIONS, RESOURCES, SEPARATION, RELOCATION, ADAPTATION, PREVENTION, MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY, COMMUNITY RELATIONS, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, ADJUSTMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), ANXIETY, PEACEKEEPING.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Psychology
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE