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The ABCX Model of Family Stress is a framework of the family's experience of and reactions to a stressor event. In the model, A represents a stressor event that provokes change in the family system. B is the family's resources and personal strengths. C is the family's perception of the importance and impact of the event. Both B and C influence the family's response to the stressor event. X represents a crisis, in which family processes are immobilized as a result of the stressor event.

Category: Theories

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An abstract is the summary at the beginning of a research article that typically includes the purpose of the research, the methods used, and major findings.

Category: Methodology

“Individuals accepted into the military, also called recruits.”

Citation: Blaisure, K. R., Saathoff-Wells, T., Pereira, A., MacDermid Wadsworth, S., & Dombro, A. L. (2015). Serving military families - theories, research, and application. Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Category: Military

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“A military assignment to an overseas location that includes the service member’s family.”

Citation: Blaisure, K. R., Saathoff-Wells, T., Pereira, A., MacDermid Wadsworth, S., & Dombro, A. L. (2015). Serving military families - theories, research, and application. Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Category: Military

“The portion of the U.S. military forces comprised of full-time active duty members in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.”

Citation: Blaisure, K. R., Saathoff-Wells, T., Pereira, A., MacDermid Wadsworth, S., & Dombro, A. L. (2015). Serving military families - theories, research, and application. Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Active duty status refers to "full-time duty in the active military service of the United States, including active duty or full-time training duty in the Reserve Component."

Active Guard and Reserve includes "National Guard and Reserve members who are on voluntary active duty providing full-time support to National Guard, Reserve, and Active Component organizations for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training the Reserve Components."

An umbrella term for various listening skills, including paraphrasing, asking clarifying questions, and validating their partner’s perspective during communication

Citation: Taft, C. T., Murphy, C. M., & Creech, S. K. (2016). Introduction. In C. T. Taft, C. M. Murphy, & S. K. Creech, Trauma-informed treatment and prevention of intimate partner violence (p. 3–12). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/14918-001

Category: Programs, therapies, and resources

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APIM is a model of dyadic relationships within the context of interdependence, wherein one partner's emotion, cognition, and/or behavior impact the other's, that allows researchers to estimate individual and dyadic factors.

Category: Methodology

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“During bereavement, the process of yearning for the loved one daily, feeling deep sadness, struggling with the finality of the loss, being preoccupied with memories and thoughts of the loved one, and having diminished interest in ongoing life.”

Citation: Blaisure, K. R., Saathoff-Wells, T., Pereira, A., MacDermid Wadsworth, S., & Dombro, A. L. (2015). Serving military families - theories, research, and application. Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Category: Programs, therapies, and resources

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