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Protective Buffering by Service Members and Romantic Partners During Military Deployments: Associations with Mental and Relationship Health

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dc.contributor.advisor Renshaw, Keith D
dc.contributor.author Bricker-Carter, Sarah
dc.creator Bricker-Carter, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-21T19:17:23Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-21T19:17:23Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/11166
dc.description.abstract Since the beginning of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, well over 2 million military service members (SMs) have deployed to combat zones. For SMs and romantic partners, deployments represent one of the most stressful situations in their lives, with one of the largest concerns being the wellbeing of the other partner. In order to shield each other from stressors occurring at home or in combat, both deployed SMs and at-home partners report engaging in protective buffering, or intentionally withholding information or concerns in an attempt to protect the other partner. Despite retrospective, qualitative studies that document the presence of protective buffering, no quantitative research has yet assessed whether protective buffering by SMs or by partners is effective or what other effects it may have on the couple.
dc.format.extent 75 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2018 Sarah Bricker-Carter
dc.subject Psychology
dc.subject Communication
dc.subject Deployment
dc.subject Military
dc.subject Protective Buffering
dc.subject Romantic Relationships
dc.title Protective Buffering by Service Members and Romantic Partners During Military Deployments: Associations with Mental and Relationship Health
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.level Ph.D.
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology, Clinical Psychology Concentration
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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