School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
resiliency, psychological flexibility, military, trauma
Benjamin, Margaret Catherine, "Growing up in a Time of War: Exploring the Psychological Flexibility of Adults Raised in the Military Community" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3882.
Significant research and focus are aimed toward service members and their families. Children in military families are exposed to an atypical lifestyle. As children grow into adulthood, there are decreased resources, and this cohort of individuals is missing from the research. The literature review will discuss the available research about children raised in military families and the reported effects of being raised in a military family during formative years. The psychological flexibility and trauma-related symptoms of service members will be addressed and reviewed. Furthermore, there will be a discussion about behavioral and familial concerns during the first and subsequent deployments of the service members. Additional research questions will be presented regarding the need for further research into adults raised by military families. The psychological flexibility of adults raised in military families may differ from peers due to the unique aspects of military culture and lifestyle.