Risk, Resiliency, and Coping in National Guard Families
Annual rept. 30 Sep 2012-29 Sep 2013
MICHIGAN PUBLIC HEALTH INST OKEMOS MI
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National Guard families face unique challenges and stressors because of distance from military supports and subsequent dependence on civilian communities. The Risk, Resiliency, and Coping in National Guard Families study aims to address key gaps in our understanding of the effects of deployment on family functioning. Completing the first of three years, study team members have collected surveys from service members and their spousesignificant other or parent at predeployment and post-deployment events. We have assessed individuals on factors of risk what makes these families vulnerable and resiliency what makes these families strong. We have collected a total of 896 post-deployment surveys and will begin integrating this data with pre-deployment data and running analysis during year two of the project. In addition, we have conducted 40 in-depth family interviews to understand more fully the family strengths and resources utilized in successful adaptation to deployment and reintegration stress. MPHI and university partners aim to expedite the analysis and dissemination of study findings so that collaboratively military and community partners can promote resilient military families.
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