College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MA)
military wife, empty nest, midlife, middle age, developmental tasks
Christianity | English Language and Literature
Stumme, Cynthia Louise, "Developing Biblical, Community-Based Resources for Military Wives Entering the Empty Nest and Midlife Transition Period" (2022). Masters Theses. 928.
Military wives approaching the onset of middle age and the empty nest should have access to resources that help them navigate the challenges of midlife within the context of the military lifestyle. The US military provides resources supporting successful family relationships for almost every other demographic except for military wives at the midlife and empty nest stage of life. While midlife is understudied as a life stage, the existing research does identify specific objectives for personal development and growth during middle age which lead to thriving in that stage and in old age. Using these objectives as a guide, this project proposes the creation of a website hosting two professionally written courses for military wives in midlife which can be accessed and utilized from any military location. The proposed resources will provide military wives with opportunities to explore the developmental tasks of midlife from a biblically sound perspective and build community to support their own development during this stage.