Oct 3, 2019
The Most common of 96 issues facing Army spouses
Percentage of respondents choosing each problem domain as a top two problem
The types of help respondents reported needing most
Military practices and culture
NOTE: Percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.
What resources did spouses use to try to meet their needs?
Among those who did not reach out to any resources the most common reason for not reaching out was that they did not know whom to contact for help.
Although 90% of spouses who had problems and needs reported seeking out resources for help, among those who did not reach out to any resources, the most common reason for not reaching out was that they did not know whom to contact for help (32%).
The average attitude rating was 0; larger negative numbers reflect morenegative attitudes, while larger positive numbers reflect more- positive attitudes.
|No: 5% had no problems||
0.6 attitude rating -- Spouses with no problems showed the most-positive attitudes toward the military.
|Was help needed?|
|No: 17% had problems but did not need anything||0.23 attitude rating||Yes|
|Were resources used?|
|No: 8% had problems and needs but did not use any resources||–0.04 attitude rating||Yes|
|Did resources help?|
|No: 22% had unmet need||–0.37 attitude rating -- Those who had problems and needed help but had unmet needs showed the least-positive attitudes toward the military.||Yes|
|48% had all needs met||0.0 attitude rating -- Nearly half surveyed reported that resources helped and all needs were met.|
Derived from Today's Army Spouse Survey: How Army Families Address Life's Challenges, by Thomas E. Trail, Carra S. Sims, and Margaret Tankard, RAND Corporation, RR-3224-A, 2019 www.rand.org/t/RR3224.
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