Family stories from military wives
"I've always been interested in the stories people use to communicate with each other and how those stories serve as a means to connect with others.”
Dr. Ahoo Tabatabai is an assistant professor of sociology in the department of psychology and sociology. She developed a study and interviewed 10 women whose partners were serving in the armed forces. “I was asking women who they were in the context of being married to someone in the military.” Tabatabai said.
The stress and strain on the family unit during a deployment can be overwhelming. Tabatabai wanted to learn more about how military wives cope. With their partners not physically present, spouses often create narratives as a way to remain equal partners,” she said. In the absence of their partners, women often take on the role and perform duties that were once the responsibility of the spouse.
Through storytelling and communication both parties can maintain a balance of equality, even if they’re hundreds of miles apart. “It’s about togetherness. While the couple may not be together physically, they’re still a team. It’s something that remains very important to them,” Tabatabai said.