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Staying Connected During Deployment Podcast

April 4, 2019 @ 4:06 pm CDT


About this Episode

A recent study sheds light on how the communication of military couples during deployment affects their anxiety after homecoming.  Dr. Leanne Knobloch from the University of Illinois, Dr. Lynne Knobloch-Fedders from Marquette University, and Dr. Jeremy Yorgason from Brigham Young University conducted a study in which 555 military couples (1,100 individuals) from all military branches completed online questionnaires once per month for the first eight months after reunion.

In this episode, Dr. Leanne Knobloch shares information about the study, defines constructive and destructive communication, and describes the Emotional Cycle of Deployment and how it was used in the study to connect communication and anxiety.  Dr. Knobloch also explores the findings of the study and implications for Service members, significant others and Military Family Service Providers.

Guest Bio

woman with white jacket and blue shirtLeanne K. Knobloch (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison) is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. Her research examines how people communicate during times of transition, including how military families navigate the deployment cycle and how romantic couples cope with depression. Her work has been honored by the Golden Anniversary Monograph Award from the National Communication Association, the Biennial Article Award from the International Association for Relationship Research, and the University Scholar Award from the University of Illinois.

Additional materials

Staying Connected During Deployment blog post, Leanne K. Knobloch, Ph.D.

Military REACH Trip Report 

The Emotional Cycle of Deployment

Also In this Series…

Understanding Military Homecoming After Deployment – Podcast by Leanne Knobloch

Understanding Military Homecoming After Deployment – Blog by Leanne Knobloch


This material is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense Award Number 2015-48770-24368.


April 4, 2019
4:06 pm CDT
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