Dialectic tensions and role negotiation: experiences of post-deployment among married military mothers

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dc.contributor.author Pratt, Samantha M.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-09T15:38:30Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-09T15:38:30Z
dc.date.issued 2018-08-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/39036
dc.description.abstract Married military mothers are placed in a unique position where they have to navigate many tensions, including tensions between masculinity and femininity as well as tensions between the public sphere (work) and the private sphere (home). When military mothers who are married deploy and are physically separated from the home, shifts in household and family roles occur. Upon return from deployment, married military mothers have to communicate with their spouses to reestablish and renegotiate their domestic and childcare roles. Therefore, considering distinctive challenges and experiences faced by married military women with children, this qualitative analysis provides an in-depth look at married military mothers’ subjective experiences using the concept of role dialectics. The analysis of 11 in-depth interviews with married military mothers indicates that roles and responsibilities are negotiated communicatively, drawing on expectations in various interactions. Expectations are communicated nonverbally by relying on gendered roles, past experiences, and nonverbal cues. Verbally expectations are communicated to reassume, coordinate, learn, divide and resolve roles and responsibilities. Regardless of the verbal or nonverbal communication strategies, all military mothers actively resumed traditionally gendered roles and responsibilities post-deployment when negotiating gender role tensions. This study enhances understanding of communication patterns used by married military mothers to negotiate roles and responsibilities throughout the deployment cycle. Moreover, the researcher offers guidance on effective communication practices to help married military mothers navigate tensions and provide families with constructive strategies for post-deployment. Results also contribute to a larger body of work/life literature on mothers in the military, especially pertaining to deployments, while advancing the concept of role dialectics. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Married military mothers en_US
dc.subject Role dialectics en_US
dc.subject Reintegration
dc.title Dialectic tensions and role negotiation: experiences of post-deployment among married military mothers en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Communication Studies en_US
dc.description.advisor Sarah E. Riforgiate en_US
dc.date.published 2018 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth August en_US

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