Family And Military Relationships In The Military Family

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Military children face more obstacles than other similarly aged children. These children are often relocated frequently, have disruptions to their family systems, have increased fear of family member’s safety, and higher levels of stress amongst family members also experiencing military life (Riggs & Riggs, 2011). Protective factors that increase resilient adaptation include supportive family or social networks and responsive parents (Riggs & Riggs, 2011). Riggs and Riggs (2011) conceptualized an individual’s resilience in relation to the bonds that exist within the family. The underlying internal and external processes behind resilience are affected by attachment relationships during an individual’s life (Riggs & Riggs, 2011). In family systems theory, individuals and their relationships develop within the family attachment network (Riggs & Riggs, 2011). Family processes mediate how a family and the individuals within the family handle stressful events (Riggs & Riggs, 2011). Family systems theory and attachment theory have some corresponding overlap (Riggs & Riggs, 2011). Riggs and Riggs (2011) conceptualized how military families adapt and adjust to stress using a family attachment network model. This model includes several relationships that exist at several system levels, with every level having distinct characteristics that only exist for that level but are also intertwined with levels throughout the bigger system (Riggs & Riggs, 2011). Attachment relationships are

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