Post-Deployment Reintegration Experiences of AF Personnel: Implications for Scale Development

Expériences de Réinsertion Postdéploiement de Militaires de la Force Aérienne: Conséquences pour la Mise au Point d’un Barème d’Évaluation

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Authors
  1. Blais, A.-R.
  2. Sullivan-Kwantes, W.
  3. McCreary, D.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The process of post-deployment reintegration can lead to intra- and inter-personal changes that may influence the quality of the returning members’ relationships with (and their attitudes towards) their immediate and extended family, friends, and co-workers. While some of these changes may be negative and lead to adverse outcomes for the members, they also may lead to potential benefits, such as increased self-confidence and self-tolerance, expanded political understanding, and improved military qualifications. To date, studies of the post-deployment reintegration experience have been limited to the Army. However, there is strong interest to examine the post-deployment reintegration process within the Air Force community. This study is an initial attempt to determine the aspects of post-deployment reintegration within this environment. The study used the Army reintegration experience as a starting point. Several similarities and differences between the two environments were identified and the basis of an Air Force post-deployment reintegration measurement tool was established.

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Keywords
Air Force support;post-deployment attitudes;reintegration;scale;Post deployment reintegration;Quality of Life
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2006-304 — Technical Report
Date of publication
21 Sep 2006
Number of Pages
58
DSTKIM No
CA029601
CANDIS No
527941
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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