HomeFront Strong (HFS): Building Resiliency in Military Families
Annual rept. 1 Sep 2014-31 Aug 2015
MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR
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Military families have long been the pillars of strength, yet the tempo of deployment over the past 14 years has taken a toll. Nearly 40 of military spouses experience psychological symptoms related to deployment, yet few evidence based programs are available to support spouses. The current project aims to improve the psychological health of military families residing in civilian communities by implementing and evaluating HomeFront Strong HFS, a promising evidence-based psychological health intervention for military spousespartners. This project is guided by three goals 1. Develop and field test an HFS mobile website 2. Train community providers to disseminate HomeFront Strong at their community sites 8 sites and 3. Evaluate the mental health outcomes of Group vs. Webbased HFS in a sample of 360 military spousespartners. In the current funding period, the HFS mobile website and administrative console have been developed, designed, and field tested Goal 1, complete. Foundational activities for Goal 2 and 3 have occurred, with a confirmed partnership with Easter Seals Michigan to disseminate HFS at four sites, final product development of community training materials, a comprehensive plan for participant recruitment, and IRB proposals are in process. The subsequent year will see concerted effort in each of these areas.
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