Military families experience many stressors that are similar to those of non-military families and others that are more common to military life. Stressors which are more common to military families include enduring forced periods of lengthly separation, raising a family with only one parent for extended periods, experiencing frequent forced moves, and being away from the extended family. In addition to these basic stressors are those associated with the harsh reality of war: personal injury, disability, and death. For these families, the future is very uncertain, as is the possibility of never seeing one another again. This paper explores the similarities and differences between the problems military and non-military couples face and the role of military chaplains in assisting families in dealing with these problems. Chaplains' use of various therapeutic interventions with military families and couples will be discussed. The realities of military marriage and family life during a time of war will be presented through the use of case studies.
Howard, Michael D. and Cox, Ruth P.
"Family Issues in Time of War: A Chaplain's Perspective,"
Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy: Vol. 31
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/irp/vol31/iss1/7