Risk, Resiliency, and Coping in National Guard Families
Annual rept. 30 Sep 2013-29 Sep 2014
MICHIGAN STATE UNIV 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 of deployment on family functioning, especially as it relates to resiliency. We set out to collect both quantitative survey data and qualitative interview data from one infantry battalion through the deployment cycle at multiple time points, including predeployment, postdeployment, and for two years after return from deployment. To date, we have collected predeployment Time 1 and postdeployment Time 2 survey data from service members and their spousesignificant other or parent, and are in the process of collecting Time 3 data. We have collected Time 1 Qualitative data from 40 families to understand more fully the family strengths and resources utilized in successful adaptation to deployment and reintegration stress. We have collected a total of 896 post-deployment surveys and are integrating this data with pre-deployment data and running analyses that will be a focus during year two of the project. Study team members 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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