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

Gribble, R and Goodwin, L and Oram, S and Fear, NT (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). pp. 1-10.

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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 opportunitie

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Journal Article
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Health psychology open
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26 Apr 2022 13:10
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