Family Development

Books for Military Service Professionals

We invite you to take a look at our list of books for military service professionals. We have categorized the books by subject. Each title is linked to a webpage that has more information on how to get this literature. Feel free to contact us if you have others to recommend so we can add to this growing list.

Service Professionals

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.
The DSM is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States and contains a listing of diagnostic criteria for every psychiatric disorder recognized by the U.S. healthcare system.


Baucom, D., Snyder, D. K., & Gordon, K. (2009). Helping Couples Get Past the Affair. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
This unique book presents a three-stage therapy approach for clinicians working with couples struggling in the aftermath of infidelity.

Working with Couples

Gottman, J.M., & Silver, N. (1999). The seven principles for making marriage work: A practical guide from the country’s foremost relationship expert. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press.
This book is a culmination of John Gottman’s life’s work: the seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship.

Johnson, S.M. (2002). Emotionally focused couple therapy with trauma survivors: Strengthening attachment bonds. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
This book provides a theoretical framework and an innovative model of intervention for distressed couples whose relationships are affected by the echoes of trauma.

Military Life

Castro, C.A., Adler, A.B., & Britt. T.W. (Eds). (2006). Military life: The psychology of serving in peace and combat. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International.
In this book, experts examine challenges on the battlefield, such as women coming to terms with life after being prisoners of war, or soldiers dealing with mistakenly killing civilians.

Hall, L.K. (2008). Counseling military families: What mental health professionals need to know. New York, NY: Routledge.
The purpose of this book is to help the practicing counselor understand how the military works, what issues are constants for the military family, and what stressors are faced by the military member and the family.

Kelley, M.L. (2006). Single military parents in the new millennium. In C.A. Castro, A.B. Adler, and T.W. Britt (Eds.), Military life: The psychology of serving in peace and combat (pp. 93-103). Westport, CT: Praeger Security International
A careful examination of the psychological issues confronting military personnel must necessarily be broad in scope and include a range of disciplines within psychology and the social sciences to provide a comprehensive assessment of the factors that affect the performance, health, and well-being of military personnel and their families.

Long, V.A. (February 2010). Retention and the dual-military couple. In J.E. Parco & D.A. Levy’s Attitudes Aren’t Free: Thinking deeply about diversity in the US Armed Forces, (pp. 349-361). Maxwell Air Force Base, AL: Air University Press.
This collection of essays—most written for this volume—and speeches are on the themes of religious expression, homosexuality, gender, race, and ethics in the military.

Wadsworth, S.M. & Riggs, D. (Eds.). (2011). Risk and resilience in U.S. military families. New York, NY: Springer.
Risk and Resilience in U.S. Military Families focus on four key areas of research: marital functioning, parenting and child outcomes, family sequelae of wounds and injuries, and single service members (who comprise half of currently active troops).

Intervention Models

Greenberg, L.S. & Johnson, S.M. (1988). Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
This influential volume provides a comprehensive introduction to emotionally focused therapy (EFT): its theoretical foundations, techniques, and clinical practice.

Family Violence

Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Meehan, J.C., Herron, K., Stuart, G.L. (1999). A typology of male batterers: An initial examination. In Violence in Intimate Relationships, Ximena B. Arriaga & Stuart Oskamp (Eds.) 45-72. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
This book discusses causes and precursors of violence, explores the psychological characteristics of perpetrators of violence, and describes and evaluates potential responses to it.

Jacobson, N.S., Gottman, J.M. (1998). When men batter: New insights into ending abusive relationships. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
This book offers a significant breakthrough in our understanding of the men who become batterers—and how to put a stop to the cycle of relationship violence.

Johnson, M.P. (2008). A typology of domestic violence: Intimate terrorism, violent resistance, and situational couple violence. Lebanon, NH: Northeastern University Press
Domestic violence, a serious and far-reaching social problem, has generated two key debates among researchers. Johnson’s response to this debate—and the central theme of this book—is that there is more than one type of intimate partner violence.