Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Soldiers' Experiences of Being Married and Serving in the British Army

Mary Keeling, Charlotte Woodhead, Nicola T. Fear
2015 Marriage and Family Review  
Research suggests certain aspects of military life, especially operational deployments, may negatively impact military marriages. However, much of this research is from the US and uses deductive quantitative methods. Qualitative research investigating the lived experiences of forming and maintaining marriages was conducted with six male UK Army personnel. Semistructured interviews were analysed, using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, identifying five themes, each representing different
more » ... dilemmas the soldiers' had to balance to maintain successful marriages and Army careers. These five themes are best understood as practical, emotional, and cultural dilemmas which can be alleviated with practical and emotional methods; such factors could be used to build resilience in soldier's marriages. These possible resilience factors could shape the content of interventions to increase resiliency in military marriages.
doi:10.1080/01494929.2015.1124353 fatcat:emdl2zgvkff7bpcr24lxrv35py