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I suppose the first unrealistic expectation for a military spouse is the belief of being stationed on a base with your spouse. Most generally the soldier is deployed out of the country, so there will be many lonely days and nights. Our text states, “The most common concerns faced by the families seen by one therapist interviewed are the high stress levels faced by the spouses who have to take on all the challenges of the household while the military parent is deployed” (Hall, 2010, p. 82). Every day activities and occurrences are left up to the one at home. Secondly, I believe with the frequent moves it would be difficult for the spouse to have a steady job. If an employer knows the circumstances they will likely not hire someone with the possibility of losing an employee. Next, I assume it would be unrealistic to make and keep friends because of the frequent moves; however, there is also a possibility of making very close friends. Our text states, “the environment and the circumstances for both the service member and the spouse are ripe for the possibility of infidelity” (Hall, 2010, p. 84). It is unrealistic to think you would never cheat on your spouse or vice versa. Being separated for a length of time comes with the realization this could happen.
As far as a military member being exempt from deployment, I believe the only circumstance would be if the spouse was critically ill and needed taken care of. I have heard where a child was born without the military member being present, but there is so many ways to communicate now, that it is not a viable option.
Hall, Lynn K.. Counseling Military Families: What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know. Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition
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Discuss with the class some unrealistic expectations that a spouse may have of the military.
They think everything will go as plan such as going with their spouse when they deploy or going anywhere they go in general and when it doesn’t happen that way then other issues come up. Our book stated, “The most common are issues around employment, infidelity, depression, frequent moves, the all too frequent and lengthy deployments, and online addictions, including porn and gambling.” (Hall, 2008, pg.80). It is possible for a spouse to cheat because they are away for so long. That's a hard pill to swallow but it happens on a regular. Another one is that spouses will be deployed in areas that their family can’t go. So that leaves one significant other alone to take care of everything else like household, working, children, activities, bills, etc. It is hard doing that with help but alone makes it even worse and it can be very stressful because it’s uncertain how long they will be gone because anything can happen. “Spouses become the sole parent and then have to adjust to being a dual parent over and over again.” (Hall, 2008, pg.82). Sometimes we can underestimate certain circumstances and they turn out to be totally different so I think there are a lot of unrealistic expectations that spouses have about the military.
Personally I watched my grandmother raise my two cousins because both mom and dad was in the military. And to me, it's hard not being with them, not seeing them, or even being able to call them whenever you want. It was times where they wanted them to be there but they were unable to and that can take a toll on a child as well.
Under what circumstances should a military member be exempt from deployment?
I understand that once you sign a contract that you are making a commitment and you have to follow through with it. But I do feel like under some circumstances members should be exempt such as if a spouse, child, or parent is severely ill, a birth of a newborn, death in the family, or any situation that cannot be prevented and there is action that needs to be taken and there is no one else to do it but them.
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Once you have created a working research question and selected a design, the next step is to begin the data collection method. Two methods are observation and interviews.
Observation are used to describe the behavior of individuals or groups in their natural settings. researchers have to identify themselves as researchers and explain the purpose of their observation. To observe someone who knows they are being watched is called overt observation. The issue that may arise with this method is that the subject may be react based on the way they think the observer wants them to instead of their true self.
In covert observation, the subject being watched does not know they are/ They mix in with the subjects or observe form a distance. The advantages of this approach is that they do not have to get the approval or buy in from the subject. The subject will most likely behave the way they ordinarily would in their setting.
The degree to which researchers involve themselves in the study makes a difference in the quality and amount of data that they will be able to collect.
There are 4 roles a researcher can assume:
1. The complete participant is a member of the group being studied and conceals his/her role as a researcher from the group to avoid disruption from normal activity.
2. In the participant-as-observer role the researcher is a member of the group being studied, and the group is aware of the research activity.
3. The observer as participant enables the researcher to participate in the group activities as allowed by group members, yet the main role of the researcher is to collect data.
4. The complete observer is completely hidden from view while observing or is in the plain sight in a public setting but others are unaware of their role.
Of these 4 options, the most ethical approach to observation is the role of the observer as a participant, as the researcher's observation activities are known to the group being studied and the researcher's emphasis is on collecting data rather than participating in the observed activity.
Researchers must be aware of the observation role and pick the most appropriate role based on the desired outcome and the type of observation required to gain the information they desire.
Faulkner, S. S, and Faulkner, C. A.. (2014). Research Methods for Social Workers: A Practice-Based Approach (2nd ed). Oxford University Press. [ISBN-978-0-19-061538-3] pgs. 93-95
#1 A reply to the following post:
I suppose the first unrealistic expectation for a military spouse is the belief of being stationed on a base with your spouse. Most generally the soldier is deployed out of the country, so there will be many lonely days and nights.