How To Use ECOD Model
The model's primary usefulness seems to be in the area of prevention; many problems in Navy families could be avoided or minimised simply by understanding the process of adjustment. For example, lack of sexual intimacy just before deployment could be accepted as a natural reaction to difficult circumstances rather than being viewed as personal rejection.
Arguing during that time may be tolerated instead of perceived as evidence of a deteriorating marriage. It also helps to know that it is perfectly normal to feel somewhat strange with each other when the sailor first comes home. Almost everyone feels reassured just knowing that their range and fluctuations of emotions are normal.
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