Finding Meaning in a Move: Taking a Faith-Based, Logotherapeutic Approach to the Stressors Military Spouses Experiencing in Relation to a Permanent Change of Station
The average Army family undergoes a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) every 2-3 years. A PCS involves moving from one Army installation to another within the continental United States (CONUS) or outside (OCONUS). While a PCS gives Army families the opportunity to travel and experience different cultures, service members and their spouses cite relocation stress and isolation from family and friends among the top three stressors of military life. In an effort to help military spouses more effectively deal with relocation stressors, the researcher created a 6-week faith-based, logotherapeutic group study entitled Finding Meaning in a Move. The researcher then examined what effect participation in the group study had on the Search for Meaning and Presence of Meaning in a small group of active-duty Army spouses experiencing relocation stressors. The research was conducted using an embedded mixed-methods approach. Quantitative data was gathered using the Meaning in Life Questionnaire (MLQ) produced by Michael F. Steger. Qualitative data was drawn from study participants' personal journals. The majority of study participants experienced a decrease in Search for Meaning and an increase in Presence of Meaning over the course of the study. The researcher concluded that participation in a faith-based, logotherapeutic group may have helped these active-duty Army spouses find meaning through their religious faith, potentially mitigating relocation stressors.
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Doctor of Ministry
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