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A Theoretical and Applied Review of Embodied Restorying for Post-Deployment Family Reintegration

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Jeanne Flora ,

Communication Studies New Mexico State University, US
About Jeanne

Jeanne Flora (Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1998) is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at New Mexico State University.  Her research and teaching interests include interpersonal and family relationships, with a focus on relationship development and maintenance.  Her research can be found in journals such as Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Family Psychology, Journal of Family Communication, and Human Communication Research and in books such as The Sage Handbook of Interpersonal Communication and the Handbook of Communication Science. She is co-author (with Chris Segrin) of the book Family Communication, which examines cutting-edge research as well as classic theories in family interaction. Some of her current research explores how family storytelling is related to military family communication and family reintegration post deployment.  Dr. Flora teaches courses in interpersonal communication, family communication, nonverbal communication, and communication theory, and recently won the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching.

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David Boje,

College of Business New Mexico State UniversityNone
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Grace Ann Rosile,

College of Business New Mexico State UniversityNone
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Kenneth Hacker

Communication Studies New Mexico State UniversityNone
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Abstract

Abstract

 

The purpose of this paper is to introduce the theory and application of Embodied Restorying Practices (ERPs), an intervention designed to promote military family reintegration.  ERPs are an approach to family storytelling that takes on a sociomaterial, translational approach.  ERPs are geared toward individuals and families who have experienced stress, separation, or trauma.  A facilitator follows the steps of ERPs to encourage people to move beyond grand culturally imposed narratives or separate, looped stories of trauma/difficulty.  ERPs prompt families to reframe stories in cognitive and material ways to create positive, unified, living stories of the future that, when reinforced by the family system, give members increased agency and family connection.  Practical roots of ERPs stem from equine-assisted interventions with veterans. Theoretical review shows how ERPs fit in the context of family storytelling research and warrant further research.

 

Keywords: military, family, stress, PTSD, deployment, family communication, storytelling, narrative, restorying, equine, sociomaterial,

How to Cite: Flora, J., Boje, D., Rosile, G.A. and Hacker, K., 2016. A Theoretical and Applied Review of Embodied Restorying for Post-Deployment Family Reintegration. Journal of Veterans Studies, 1(1), pp.129–162. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jvs.41
Published on 15 Jul 2016.

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