Humanitarian Well-Being: Addressing the Intimate Partner in Order to Promote Humanitarian Worker Well-Being


Katie Spencer

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Jennifer Erickson Cornish

Second Advisor

Gwen Vogel Mitchell

Third Advisor

Nicole Taylor


Humanitarian workers, Mental health, Social support, Intimate partner


Humanitarian workers are critical players in alleviating suffering worldwide. As a result of their willingness to put themselves in challenging, often dangerous environments, humanitarian workers are at high risk for negative mental health outcomes (insert citation here). This white paper argues that one of the most effective ways to improve humanitarian worker mental health is to increase the well-being of the intimate partner and intimate relationship. The paper reviews the literature on humanitarian mental health, the protective nature of social support, the relevance of the intimate partner as a provider of social support, and outcome research on interventions that increase social support through the inclusion of the intimate partner. This paper draws comparisons between military and humanitarian intimate partners provides information on the military’s research and programming as a model for humanitarian organizations to consider

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.


30 pages

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