The effects of perceived cultural fit on active duty military wives

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dc.contributor William, Dressler
dc.contributor James, Leeper
dc.contributor Noh, Hyunjin
dc.contributor Simon, Cassandra
dc.contributor.advisor Pryce, Josephine
dc.contributor.author Granda Anderson, Kimberly Carole
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-16T15:04:19Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-16T15:04:19Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003465
dc.identifier.other GrandaAnderson_alatus_0004D_13986
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6522
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Based on cultural consonance theory, the overall aim of this study was to explore the effect of cultural consonance, or cultural fit, within military culture on the psychological well-being of military wives. This study is a secondary data analysis of 8,748 respondents from the Department of Defense 2008 Survey of Active Duty Spouses (ADSS). The sample included all eligible civilian female spouses of active duty male service members. Linear regression showed a significant relationship between the main effect predictor of cultural consonance, operationalized by the Affective Commitment Scale (ACS), and two outcome variables of psychological well-being, the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-4) and the Kessler 6 (K6) scale of psychological distress. ANCOVAs showed that demographic control variables combined with the ACS boosted the amount of variance explained. The ACS retained its significance when adjusted for the effect of demographics, demonstrating that none accounted for an alternative explanation of the outcomes. Binary logistic regressions showed the most striking results. When individual control variables were combined with low cultural consonance scores, a minority of wives had up to thirteen times the odds of having negative psychological well-being outcomes. Frequency of major life events, lowest rank, lowest income, and lowest educational levels were among the factors producing the largest effects when combined with low cultural consonance. Race/ethnicity and family status (children) had no significance. Findings from this study may be used to add cultural consonance as a factor to be considered regarding military cultural competence education, organizational commitment and support of well-being in military wives.
dc.format.extent 137 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Social work
dc.subject.other Military studies
dc.subject.other Organizational behavior
dc.title The effects of perceived cultural fit on active duty military wives
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. School of Social Work
etdms.degree.discipline Social Work
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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