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DEFM332 - Transition and the Military Family

Course Details

Course Code: DEFM332 Course ID: 3447 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of managing transitions, with a focus on those issues incumbent on the military family. Course topics include change and choice, psychology of the self, interpersonal relations, health, dysfunction, grief, and building a life-career. Particular attention is focused on these topics' application to the military family lifestyle, to include deployment separation, reunion, marriage and family, parenting, military casualty, and life-career. The following questions appear as themes throughout the course: what is transition; what transitions do military families experience; what are the affects on the body, mind, spirit, and interpersonal relationships; what is resilience; and how does one create a plan to strengthen resilience?

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (LO):

LO-1 Explain the nature of the transition from the military as a process.

LO-2 Explain the military family lifestyle to include deployment, separation, reunion, marriage and family, parenting, and military casualty.

LO-3 Describe resilience and how it applies to the military member, specifically during transitions.

LO-4 Discuss grief and the cycles used to describe grief

LO-5 Describe health intervention among families

LO-6 Explain the process of parental stress and how it affects the family system

LO-7 Explain aging family members in regards to individual stressors and family stressors

LO-8 Define economic stressors that could affect family systems


NameGrade %
Forums 50.00 %
Week 1 Forum 6.25 %
Week 2 Forum 6.25 %
Week 3 Forum 6.25 %
Week 4 Forum 6.25 %
Week 5 Forum 6.25 %
Week 6 Forum 6.25 %
Week 7 Forum 6.25 %
Week 8 Forum 6.25 %
Title Page & Abstract 5.00 %
Week 5 - Abstract and Title Page 5.00 %
Outline 15.00 %
Week 4 - Detailed Paper Outline 15.00 %
Final Paper 30.00 %
Week 7 - Full Research Paper 30.00 %

Required Course Textbooks


Required Readings

Biank, T. (2006, March). The Home Fires Are Burning Out. New York Times. March 13. Section A. Column 1. Editorial Desk; Pg 21.

Brown, M. (2000). The Experience of Three Non-Commissioned Officers Upon Marine Corps Retirement. Capella University. 211 pages. AAT 9988056

Cerullo, B. (2007, October). Trade Secrets. Motor, 208 (4), 12,14

Henderson, S. (2008, February). Military Moms and Dads. Ebony, 63(4), 184,186,188. Retrieved February 25, 2008, from Research Library database. (Document 1423957911).

McKenry and Price (2005). Families and Change, Coping with Stressful Events and Transitions (3rd ed.). Sage Publications Inc.: ISBN: 9780-7619-8871-7.

Piore, A. (2003, March). Home Alone. Newsweek. March 17. Society; Pg 52

Quester, G. (2005). Demographic Trends and Military Recruitment: Surprising Possibilities. Parameters, 35(1), 27-40. Retrieved February 25, 2008, from Research Library database. (Document ID: 809421251).

Sherer, R. (2006) Adequacy of Mental Health Screening and Care in the Military is Questioned. Psychiatric Times. July 1. NEWS. Page 1.

Snugden, J (2007) Pentagon Salutes Elmo Video; Military Families Aim of DVD. April 4. The Washington Times, p. A02.

Deployment Increases Risk of Child Abuse. (2007, August). USA Today, 136(2747), 11.

Military Families Pulling Double Duty. (2006, December). USA Today, 135(2739), 2-3.

Additional Resources:

In the Course Materials folder there are PowerPoint presentations, leadership articles, and up to date APA handouts.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

Book Title:Strengthening Family Resilience, 3rd Ed - Ebook available in the APUS Online Library. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Publication Info:Guilford Press
Author:Walsh, Froma
Unit Cost:$33.46
Book Title:Handbook of Stress, Trauma, and the Family - E-book available in the APUS Online Library. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Publication Info:Taylor & Francis Group
Unit Cost:$65.52

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.