Leanne K. Knobloch

Military Research

Lincoln Hall

Rising Up: Engaging Women Veterans in Mental Health Research on Military Sexual Trauma   (Currently Underway!)

This project is being funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The goal is to develop and implement a training curriculum to engage military sexual trauma survivors and practitioners in patient-centered research. The principal investigator is Dr. Robyn Gobin (Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois). Other co-investigators are Dr. Terry von Thaden (Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois) and Dr. Jeni Hunniecutt (Chez Veterans Center, University of Illinois).          

 

Study of Military Couples After Deployment (Completed)

This project was funded by the U.S Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, through the Military Operational Medicine Research Program (Award No. W81XWH-14-2-0131) and the University of Illinois. The co-investigator was Dr. Lynne Knobloch-Fedders (Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Marquette University). The goal of the project was to investigate how military couples can maintain satisfying relationships during the transition from deployment to reintegration.

For press coverage of this project, please visit http://news.illinois.edu/news/14/0730military_families_LeanneKnobloch.html.

Representative publications include:

Knobloch, L. K., Knobloch-Fedders, L. M., Yorgason, J. B., Basinger, E. D., Abendschein, B., & McAninch, K. G. (2021). Suspicion about a partner's deception and trust as roots of relational uncertainty during the post-deployment transition. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 38(3), 912-934. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407520970645  

Knobloch-Fedders, L. M., Knobloch, L. K., Scott, S., & Fiore, H. (2020). Relationship changes of military couples during reintegration: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 37(7), 2145-2165. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407520917461  

Knobloch, L. K., Knobloch-Fedders, L. M., & Yorgason, J. B. (2019). Mental health symptoms and the reintegration difficulty of military couples following deployment: A longitudinal application of the relational turbulence model. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 75(4), 742-765. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22734 

Knobloch, L. K., Knobloch-Fedders, L. M., & Yorgason, J. B. (2018). Communication of military couples during deployment predicting generalized anxiety upon reunion. Journal of Family Psychology, 32(1), 12-21. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000344

 

Resiliency of Military Families During the Post-Deployment Transition (Completed)

This project was funded by the University of Illinois Family Resiliency Center Seed Grant Program. The co-collaborators were Patricia McGlaughlin (University of Illinois Extension) and Dr. Aaron Ebata (Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois). The goal of the project was to document the factors that promote resiliency among military couples and families who are navigating the transition from deployment to reintegration. For a summary of the findings for military couples, see http://faculty.las.illinois.edu/knobl/study3.pdf. For a summary of the findings for military adolescents, see http://faculty.las.illinois.edu/knobl/study4.pdf.

Representative publications include:

Knobloch, L. K., Knobloch-Fedders, L. M., Yorgason, J. B., Ebata, A. T., & McGlaughlin, P. C. (2017). Military childrenís difficulty with reintegration after deployment: A relational turbulence model perspective. Journal of Family Psychology, 31(5), 542-552. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000299

Knobloch, L. K., Basinger, E. D., Wehrman, E. C., Ebata, A. T., & McGlaughlin, P. C. (2016). Communication of military couples during deployment and reunion: Changes, challenges, benefits, and advice. Journal of Family Communication, 16(2), 160-179. https://doi.org/10.1080/15267431.2016.1146723 

Knobloch, L. K., McAninch, K. G., Abendschein, B., Ebata, A. T., & McGlaughlin, P. C. (2016). Relational turbulence among military couples after reunion following deployment. Personal Relationships, 23(4), 742-758. https://doi.org/10.1111/pere.12148

Knobloch, L. K., Pusateri, K. B., Ebata, A. T., & McGlaughlin, P. C. (2015). Experiences of military youth during a family memberís deployment: Changes, challenges, and opportunities. Youth & Society, 47(3), 319-342. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118x12462040  

Knobloch, L. K., Pusateri, K. B., Ebata, A. T., & McGlaughlin, P. C. (2014). Communicative experiences of military youth during a parentís return home from deployment. Journal of Family Communication, 14(4), 291-309. https://doi.org/10.1080/15267431.2014.945701

Knobloch, L. K., Ebata, A. T., McGlaughlin, P. C., & Ogolsky, B. (2013). Depressive symptoms, relational turbulence, and the reintegration difficulty of military couples following wartime deployment. Health Communication, 28(8), 754-766. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2013.800440  

Knobloch, L. K., Ebata, A. T., McGlaughlin, P. C., & Theiss, J. A. (2013). Generalized anxiety and relational uncertainty as predictors of topic avoidance during reintegration following military deployment. Communication Monographs, 80(4), 452-477. https://doi.org/10.1080/03637751.2013.828159  

 

Communication Patterns of Military Couples During the Post-Deployment Transition (Completed)

The goal of this project was to document the communication patterns that are satisfying and dissatisfying for military couples during the six months following reunion after deployment. The co-investigator was Dr. Jennifer Theiss (Department of Communication, Rutgers University). For details about the study, see http://faculty.las.illinois.edu/knobl/study1.pdf.

Representative publications include:

Knobloch, L. K., & Theiss, J. A. (2017). Topic avoidance about deployment upon reunion: Applying the relational turbulence model. Military Behavioral Health, 5(2), 117-128. https://doi.org/10.1080/21635781.2016.1272013  

Theiss, J. A., & Knobloch, L. K. (2014). Relational turbulence and the post-deployment transition: Self, partner, and relationship focused turbulence. Communication Research, 41(1), 27-51. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093650211429285  

Knobloch, L. K., & Theiss, J. A. (2012). Experiences of U.S. military couples during the post-deployment transition: Applying the relational turbulence model. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 29(4), 423-450. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407511431186  

 

Reintegration of Service Members into Family Life Following Deployment (Completed)

This project was designed to identify the communication issues and challenges facing service members returning to family life after a tour of duty. The co-investigator was Dr. Jennifer Theiss (Department of Communication, Rutgers University). For details about the study, see http://faculty.las.illinois.edu/knobl/study2.pdf.

Representative publications include:

Theiss, J. A., & Knobloch, L. K. (2013). A relational turbulence model of military service membersí relational communication during reintegration. Journal of Communication, 63(6), 1109-1129. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcom.12059  

Knobloch, L. K., & Theiss, J. A. (2011). Depressive symptoms and mechanisms of relational turbulence as predictors of relationship satisfaction among returning service members. Journal of Family Psychology, 25(4), 470-478. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0024063