Divorce and family support services : problems and prospects for the U.S. Navy
Wallace, Elizabeth A.
Rose, Kenneth C.
Mehay, Stephen L.
Eitelberg, Mark J.
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This thesis examines marriage and divorce rates for Navy personnel and compares those rates with all military personnel and with the general U.S. population. In addition, it: provides a qualitative evaluation of counseling support services available to Navy people involved in divorce. Specifically, the thesis provides two important pieces of information: the relative frequency of marriage and divorce among Navy people, and a look at the effectiveness of the Navy's primary weapon to fight family dysfunction, the Family Service Center. Results indicate that Navy and military marriage rates are generally lower than overall civilian marriage rates, but two to three times higher among seventeen-to-twenty-year-olds; the divorce rates are lower for military men, but much higher for military women; and that the Family Service Center, while it is an effective method of addressing marital stress and family dysfunction in the Navy, can be improved.
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