What They Deserve

Diane M. Ryan and Lolita M. Burrell

in The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195399325
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

What They Deserve

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Quality of life (QOL) is a loosely defined term that refers to the health and well-being of an individual, oftentimes in an organizational context. This chapter takes an ecological approach to QOL in the U. S. military to highlight its complex and dynamic nature as well as to stress how service members, their families, and institutions interact in ways that may affect QOL. We begin with an examination of physical and psychological factors that affect the health and well-being of the service member and follow with the social and economic impacts of military life on both the individual and the family. Next we explore the meaning and utility of community—both local and institutional—and discuss formal support interactions between the military member, the family, and their communities. Finally the chapter concludes with a summary of leadership and policy impacts for military QOL and recommendations for further research.

Keywords: Quality of life; well-being; military personnel; military families; stress; coping; social support; military community

Article.  14097 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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