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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158874
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The lived experience of mothers of soldiers deployed to a war zone
Abstract:
The lived experience of mothers of soldiers deployed to a war zone
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2010
Author:Jambunathan, Jayalakshmi, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:UW Oshkosh
Title:CON
Contact Address:800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI, 54901, USA
Contact Telephone:920-424-1274
Co-Authors:J. Jambunathan, K. Kraus, College of Nursing, UW Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI;
Military-induced separations can be very stressful to family members. The stress of frequent and long deployments can present as symptoms of depression, anxiety, and multiple somatic complaints. Most of the studies that have been done are in the area of marital and child relationships. There have been no studies examining the experience of deployment from a mother's perspective. The purpose of this study was to examine the lived experience of being the mother of a soldier deployed to a war zone, how they cope, and how advanced practice nurses can help. Spiegelberg's philosophy of phenomenology was the framework used for this study. The design was a qualitative descriptive phenomenological approach. A convenience and purposive sample of nine women who met the criteria for sample selection were solicited for the study. Data were collected via interviews using a demographic questionnaire and an open-ended questionnaire. The interviews were audio taped and transcribed verbatim. Data were analyzed using Giorgi's phenomenological method. Three themes emerged from the data analysis: (a) waiting and watching, (b) always on my mind, and (c) mother's intuition/the mom version. In addition, the analysis revealed that faith, family, and friends were the main coping mechanisms. Results indicated that deployment of soldiers to a war zone does affect the mother, even if they no longer live in the same household. This can present itself in sleep disturbances, mood changes, depression, worry, and fear. Recommendations for practice include the importance of recognizing individual experiences, and education on coping mechanisms, as well as resources available for these mothers. Recommendations for further research, among others, include exploring the resolution of stress in mothers after the return of the soldier and whether there are any lasting effects.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe lived experience of mothers of soldiers deployed to a war zoneen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158874-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The lived experience of mothers of soldiers deployed to a war zone</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Jambunathan, Jayalakshmi, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">UW Oshkosh</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">CON</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI, 54901, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">920-424-1274</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">jambu@uwosh.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">J. Jambunathan, K. Kraus, College of Nursing, UW Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Military-induced separations can be very stressful to family members. The stress of frequent and long deployments can present as symptoms of depression, anxiety, and multiple somatic complaints. Most of the studies that have been done are in the area of marital and child relationships. There have been no studies examining the experience of deployment from a mother's perspective. The purpose of this study was to examine the lived experience of being the mother of a soldier deployed to a war zone, how they cope, and how advanced practice nurses can help. Spiegelberg's philosophy of phenomenology was the framework used for this study. The design was a qualitative descriptive phenomenological approach. A convenience and purposive sample of nine women who met the criteria for sample selection were solicited for the study. Data were collected via interviews using a demographic questionnaire and an open-ended questionnaire. The interviews were audio taped and transcribed verbatim. Data were analyzed using Giorgi's phenomenological method. Three themes emerged from the data analysis: (a) waiting and watching, (b) always on my mind, and (c) mother's intuition/the mom version. In addition, the analysis revealed that faith, family, and friends were the main coping mechanisms. Results indicated that deployment of soldiers to a war zone does affect the mother, even if they no longer live in the same household. This can present itself in sleep disturbances, mood changes, depression, worry, and fear. Recommendations for practice include the importance of recognizing individual experiences, and education on coping mechanisms, as well as resources available for these mothers. Recommendations for further research, among others, include exploring the resolution of stress in mothers after the return of the soldier and whether there are any lasting effects.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:28:51Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:28:51Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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