Abstract

The effects of spousal separation on military dependents were investigated. Thirty-four female spouses of active duty United states Air Force personnel responded to a mail-out questionnaire following deployment of troops to the Persian Gulf, yet prior to the beginning of the Desert storm military confrontation. The •study examined the state anxiety levels (Spielberger state-Trait Anxiety Inventory), the problem solving abilities (Problem Solving Inventory), and the social support levels (Provision of Social Relations scale) of the subjects. The results of this investigation revealed that the subjects without children perceived themselves to be stronger problem solvers than those subjects with children, that the subjects experienced higher levels of social support from their friends rather than family, and subjects not attending a support group viewed themselves to be receiving more social support than those subjects attending a support group. These results were significant at the E < .05 level or lower. These findings are important in that they provide direction for future research with this population, yet, due to the small sample size, they cannot be construed as representative of the population as a whole.

Graduation Date

1991

Semester

Summer

Advisor

Houston, Sandra

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Psychology

Format

PDF

Pages

71

Language

English

Rights

Written permission granted by copyright holder to the University of Central Florida Libraries to digitize and distribute for nonprofit, educational purposes.

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0022325

Subjects

Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences

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