A systematic review of the impact of foreign postings on accompanying spouses of military personnel
Article first published online: 3 FEB 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Nursing & Health Sciences
Volume 14, Issue 1, pages 121–132, March 2012
How to Cite
Blakely, G., Hennessy, C., Chung, M. C. and Skirton, H. (2012), A systematic review of the impact of foreign postings on accompanying spouses of military personnel. Nursing & Health Sciences, 14: 121–132. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2011.00659.x
- Issue published online: 17 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 3 FEB 2012
- Received 27 September 2011; accepted 1 November 2011.
- health and wellbeing;
- health care;
- military spouse;
- overseas postings;
- systematic review
Military spouses frequently cope with separation, but limited research reviewing the impact of an overseas relocation when a spouse accompanies their serving husband/wife has been conducted. A search for studies reviewing the impact of foreign postings on these accompanying spouses was undertaken utilizing 12 databases and other resources. Ultimately, 12 studies were analyzed and four key themes produced: functioning of a military family on an international posting, loss, wellbeing and support. Overall, additional stressors are associated with an overseas posting and experiences are specific to an individual and their circumstances. Further research is required to examine the potential relationship between a spouse's experiences overseas and the impact on their health and wellbeing. This would help to identify possible areas of health care provision and support necessary to maximize a military spouse's experience.