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(p. 269) Unique Challenges Facing Military Families 

(p. 269) Unique Challenges Facing Military Families
(p. 269) Unique Challenges Facing Military Families

Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth

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date: 21 October 2020

In this chapter, similarities and differences between military and civilian families are summarized. The chapter identifies challenges and opportunities associated with military service, including both acute and chronic stressors among active and reserve component families. Specifically relevant to behavioral health professionals, a variety of issues are considered that might be relevant to treatment with military families, such as stress accumulation, challenges to attachment systems, ambiguity and reorganization in families associated with both normative and catastrophic deployments, diagnosable conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder in both service members and family members, family violence, and challenges particularly relevant to families of female service members. The chapter closes with a review of resilience factors in military families.

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