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Social media communication with military spouses

APA Citation:

Sherman, M. D., Kuhl, M. W., Westerhof, L., Majerle, A., Cheatom, O., Smith, B., Hawkey, K. R.,...Borden, L. M. (2015). Social media communication with military spouses. Report submitted to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Abstract Created by REACH:

The number of people using social networking sites has nearly doubled since 2008, with 74% of online adults now using social media. This growing trend allows organizations to reach individuals, deliver information, and respond to unique needs in a way that was previously impossible. Military Service members and their families continue to use social media in similar ways to their civilian peers, allowing for the Department of Defense to leverage the benefits of online communities of practice, peer-to-peer activities, and social media/learning. This is specifically true for military spouses, who may benefit from the social media communication discussed in this report.



Branch of Service:

Air Force
Multiple branches

Military Affiliation:

Active Duty

Subject Affiliation:

Spouse of service member or veteran


Adulthood (18 yrs & older)
Young adulthood (18 - 29 yrs)
Thirties (30 - 39 yrs)
Middle age (40 - 64 yrs)


Review of Literature


Sherman, Michelle D., Borden, Lynne M., Cheatum, Octavia, Hawkey, Kyle R., Kuhl, Michelle W., Majerle, Amy, Rudi, Jessie H., Smith, Burgess, Steinman, David, Westerhof, Lara

Publisher/Sponsoring Organization:

The Military REACH Team

Publication Type:

REACH Publication

Author Affiliation:

Department of Family Social Science, The University of Minnesota, LMB


The University of Minnesota

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Developed in collaboration with the Department of Defense's Office of Family Policy, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Award No. 2009-48667-05833.

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