Date of Publication

5-8-2012

Degree Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Recreation & Leisure Studies

First Advisor

Rehnuma Karim, PhD

Abstract

This study examined the significance of recreation and leisure in the lives of Marine wives coping with a deployment. Qualitative data was collected through videotaped Skype interviews with 5 Marine wives. The stressors of the current deployment, coping methods, and involvement in recreation and leisure activities were investigated. Results from the study suggest that involvement in recreation and leisure helps reduce stress from a deployment and therefore help Marine wives cope more effectively. Recommendations for future research were identified.

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