Psychological Flexibility as a Framework for Understanding and Improving Family Reintegration Following Military Deployment

Emily K. Sandoz, Danielle N. Moyer, Aaron P. Armelie

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Abstract

Postdeployment reintegration may present an exceptional challenge to service members and their families; yet, overcoming this challenge seems to strengthen family relationships through a shared sense of purpose. Navigating family reintegration may be an important determinant of long-term psychological well-being. If the needs of military families are to be answered effectively, it is of critical importance to identify the skills that facilitate positive reintegration following deployment. This article proposes psychological flexibility as a group of interrelated skills that could be directly intervened on to facilitate not only resilience but also positive growth and development. This paper focuses on the conceptualization of family reintegration in terms of psychological flexibility, including common deficits observed in this population and potential goals of treatment. Video Abstract Video Abstract

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-507
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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