Leanne K. Knobloch

Military Couples Project

Lincoln Hall

Study of Military Couples At Reunion After Deployment (Currently Underway!)

This project is being funded by the University of Illinois. The goal of the project is to investigate how military couples communicate during deployment and reunion. Military couples are eligible to participate if they complete a survey within the first 7 days of homecoming after deployment. For information, please visit http://publish.illinois.edu/military-family-research/.

 

Study of Military Couples After Deployment (Enrollment Completed, Analyses Underway!)

This project is being 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 is Dr. Lynne Knobloch-Fedders (Director of Research and Kovler Scholar, The Family Institute at Northwestern University). The goal of the project is 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.

 

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 Specialist, Youth Development and State Military Liaison) and Dr. Aaron Ebata (Associate Professor, 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. (in press). Military children's difficulty with reintegration after deployment: A relational turbulence model perspective. Journal of Family Psychology.
  • 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, 160-179.
  • 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, 742-758.
  • Knobloch, L. K., Pusateri, K. B., Ebata, A. T., & McGlaughlin, P. C. (2015). Experiences of military youth during a family member's deployment: Changes, challenges, and opportunities. Youth & Society, 47, 319-342.

  • Knobloch, L. K., Pusateri, K. B., Ebata, A. T., & McGlaughlin, P. C. (2014). Communicative experiences of military youth during a parent's return home from deployment. Journal of Family Communication, 14, 291-309.

  • 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, 754-766.

  • 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, 452-477.

 

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 (Associate Professor, 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. (in press). Topic avoidance about deployment upon reunion: Applying the relational turbulence model. Military Behavioral Health.

  • Theiss, J. A., & Knobloch, L. K. (2014). Relational turbulence and the post-deployment transition: Self, partner, and relationship focused turbulence. Communication Research, 41, 27-51.
  • 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, 423-450.

 

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 (Associate Professor, 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 members' relational communication during reintegration. Journal of Communication, 63, 1109-1129.
  • 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, 470-478.