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Risk, Resiliency, and Coping in National Guard Families

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Technical Report,30 Sep 2014,29 Sep 2015

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Michigan State University East Lansing

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National Guard families face unique challenges and stressors because of distance from military supports. The Risk,Resiliency, and Coping in National Guard Families study aims to address key gaps in our understanding of the effects ofdeployment on family functioning, especially as it relates to resiliency. We set out to collect both quantitative survey data andqualitative interview data from one infantry battalion through the deployment cycle at multiple time points, includingpredeployment, postdeployment, and for two years after return from deployment. To date, we have collected predeploymentTime 1 and postdeployment Time 2 survey data from service members and their spousesignificant other or parent, andTime 3 data from service members and spouses. We have collected Time 1, Time 2, and Time 3 Qualitative data from 40families to understand more fully the family strengths and resources utilized in successful adaptation to deployment andreintegration stress. We have collected a total of 906 post-deployment surveys and have integrated this data with predeploymentdata and running analyses that will be a focus dissemination of the project. Study team members aim to expeditethe analysis and dissemination of study findings so that collaboratively military and community partners can promote resilientmilitary families. This study is beginning a no cost extension year to focus on dissemination efforts.

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