‘It’s nice to just be you’: The influence of the employment experiences of UK military spouses during accompanied postings on well-being

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Abstract

Repeated military relocations (accompanied postings) can have a detrimental effect on employment and well-being among the spouses and partners of military personnel. Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with 19 spouses of British Army/Royal Air Force personnel with recent experience of accompanied postings to explore this issue through the lens of self-determination theory; all were married women with at least one child. Participants explained how employment contributed to an independent identity, enabling social connectedness, providing a sense of self-confidence and value but limiting agency over employment decisions. Spouse employment, and therefore, well-being could be improved by the provision of better childcare access or additional support in finding employment and training opportunities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Psychology Open
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • health and well-being
  • military spouses
  • occupational health
  • qualitative methods
  • women’s employment
  • Military partners

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