Military Families Under Stress: Implications for Family Life Education


  • *Preparation of this article was supported in part by USDA Agreement 99-EXCA-3-0823 in collaboration with U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Defense, and Virginia Tech University. The views expressed in this manuscript do not represent official U.S. Department of Defense policy. Appreciation is expressed to Dr. Shannon Weaver, University of Connecticut, for her helpful comments on this paper.

**Address correspondence to Marilyn Coleman, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri, 411 Gentry Hall, Columbia, MO 65211 (


We provide a summary of the limited research on three uniquely stressful experiences of military families: relocation, separation, and reunion. Using the insights derived from this literature, we identify and discuss interventions to assist and guide military families through these unique events.