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



Gribble, Rachael ORCID: 0000-0002-4175-2562, Goodwin, Laura ORCID: 0000-0002-0354-7787, Oram, Sian ORCID: 0000-0001-8704-0379 and Fear, Nicola T ORCID: 0000-0002-5792-2925
(2019) 'It's nice to just be you': The influence of the employment experiences of UK military spouses during accompanied postings on well-being. Health psychology open, 6 (1). 2055102919838909 - ?.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2019 10:29
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2021 07:18
DOI: 10.1177/2055102919838909
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3045390