Date of Paper

4-2012

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

msw

Department

socialwork

First Advisor

Sarah Ferguson

Abstract

The literature emphasizes that civilian spouses of military service members experience significant stress, utilize coping strategies, and experience marital issues. A survey of civilian spouses (N = 10) of military service members identified levels of perceived stress, common coping strategies, and marital satisfaction. The focus of this study was to examine the relationship between perceived stress, coping strategies, and marital satisfaction. There were not enough participants in this study to determine these relationships. Descriptive statistics show averages of low perceived stress, and high marital satisfaction. Coping strategies most often used by civilian spouses were active coping, positive reframing, planning, and acceptance. The limitations of the study were examined, and suggestions for future research were discussed.

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