Risk, Resiliency, and Coping in National Guard Families
Annual rept. 30 Sep 2013 29 Sep 2014
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. The Michigan Public Health Institute and the Michigan State University are completing the second of a three year mixed method longitudinal study following a battalion of National Guard soldiers that deployed to Afghanistan in 2011-2012. A total of 906 subjects were consented with soldiers and their spousesignificant other or parent being invited to complete a survey at pre-deployment, 90-day post-deployment and a one year follow-up. We have assessed individuals on factors of risk what makes these families vulnerable and resiliency what makes these families strong. To understand more fully the family strengths and resources utilized in successful adaptation to deployment and reintegration stress, researchers have completed series of two in-depth family interviews at six and 18 months post-deployment with a subsample of 32 families. Another wave of quantitative and qualitative data collection is planned for the final year of the project. MPHI and university partners will continue to work collaboratively with military and community partners on dissemination and efforts to promote resilient military families.