A Comprehensive Plan for Providing Chaplaincy Support to Wounded Female Soldiers: A Delphi Study

A Comprehensive Plan for Providing Chaplaincy Support to Wounded Female Soldiers: A Delphi Study

Author: 
Daniel Roberts
Program of study: 
D.M./IST
Abstract: 
The purpose of this qualitative Delphi study was to build consensus on a comprehensive plan and model for creating a system by which male chaplains could provide effective support to wounded female soldiers. The study was conducted in three phases, with two rounds in the first and second phase. The final product of Phase 3 was a comprehensive plan and model that answered the research questions: (a) What could be a comprehensive plan and model that male chaplains could use to provide effective support to wounded female soldiers? (b) What role might chaplains play in a comprehensive plan and model that could provide effective support to wounded female soldiers? The theoretical framework for this study was feminist systems theory (FST). This study was developed for women by listening to the voices of women. It used a methodology that gave voice to those women who experienced the traumas and stressors of deployment, and it recorded the expert opinions of female care providers, namely chaplains. Women are a minority group in the military, but in this study, they became the center of attention. It is believed that the results of this study could engender positive change for the chaplaincy and improved care for female soldiers.
Dedication: 
I dedicate this dissertation to my loving and loyal family. Without their constant support, patience, and personal sacrifice, I could never have completed this journey.
Acknowledgements: 
My personal gratitude goes to my committee members, Dr. Joann Kovacich, Dr. R. J. Gore, and Dr. Melvin J. Rivers. Dr. Kovacich mentored me, encouraged me, and pushed me beyond my self-imposed limitations. By holding me to an exacting set of standards, Dr. Kovacich not only prepared me for dissertation approval but made me a better researcher. Dr. Gore, my friend of many years, honored me by joining me on this journey and helping me by providing timely information, useful criticism, and encouragement. Dr. Rivers offered a great deal of technical advice, assistance, and support. I am very proud of my committee. I could not have asked for a more competent and caring group of individuals.