Re-integration of military soldiers to a non-war environment and the coping skills they employ, as observed by their wives

This study explored the changes, symptoms, and coping skills that a soldier with war-time involvements experienced. The study focused on the observations of the soldiers’ spouses after the soldiers returned from war-time service. Seven soldiers’ spouses completed a survey and participated in a focus group to discuss their observations of the effect of war on the soldier and their families and on coping skills soldiers used to deal with their symptoms. The study uncovered that the soldiers were changed by their experiences and those changes made adjusting to returning from war difficult for not only the soldier but their families as well. Changes, symptoms, and coping skills identified in this study were consistent with the findings in prior studies. This suggest that future research is needed to identify and implement early interventions or treatments for the soldiers that includes their families.