Relationship Between Depression and Social Support in Military Wives

This study explored the relationship between depression and social support among military wives of active duty military personnel during a deployment or a separation, due to a duty assignment, schooling, field training mission, or unaccompanied tour. A total of 150 surveys were completed by participants ranging from 18 to 46 and older. All participants were experiencing separation at the time the study was conducted. Quantitative results revealed no statistically significant correlation between depression and social support of military wives. Nevertheless, qualitative results reveal separation to be a difficult and challenging time in the lives of these military spouses. Further research should explore the military spouse's challenges that military spouses have to overcome during their husband's deployment or separation , in order to provide further support and assist military wives, during difficult transitions in their lives.