Predeployment Family Concerns and Soldier Well-Being: The Impact of Family Concerns on the Predeployment Well-Being of Canadian Forces Personnel

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Authors
  1. McCreary, D.R.
  2. Thompson, M.M.
  3. Pastò, L.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Recent operational demands have meant that many soldiers spend an increasing amount of time away from home on long, overseas deployments. Past research indicates that family concerns are an important source of stress throughout a deployment, and one of the most significant downsides of a military career. The present study uses structural equation modeling to explore the impact of predeployment family concerns on indices of psychological well-being of Canadian Forces personnel about to deploy on a peacekeeping mission. As expected, family concerns were associated with all measured dimensions of psychological well-being. Family concerns explained 91% of the variance in depression, 68% of hyper-alertness symptoms, 55% of anxiety symptoms, and 60% of the variance in somatic complaints symptoms. Overall, the measurement model explained approximately 88% of the variance within the data for this sample.
Keywords
Operational stress;Family concersn;Family support
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-SL-2002-118 — Reprint
Date of publication
01 Apr 2003
Number of Pages
8
Reprinted from
The Canadian Journal of Police & Security Services, vol 1, no 1, 2003, p 33-40
DSTKIM No
CA022518
CANDIS No
519443
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Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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