Evaluation of a Sesame Street Multimedia Intervention for Families Transitioning Out of the Military

Michelle D. Sherman, Amy Monn, Jessica L. Larsen, Abigail Gewirtz

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Although transitioning out of the military can be stressful for everyone in the family, the children’s experience has received minimal attention in both clinical lore and research. This study is an evaluation of Sesame Workshop’s multimedia program for families who are transitioning out of the military into civilian life; the program is aimed at improving parents’ confidence and skills in assisting their children with the transition, and at improving young children’s transition-related adjustment. Via a randomized controlled trial design, we evaluated the utilization, acceptability, and impact of this free, online program with 200 military caregivers. Caregivers who received the Sesame program reported increased self-efficacy in helping their child cope with the transition (e.g., making new friends, talking with their child about leaving the military) compared to those assigned to the control condition. Further, caregivers in the intervention condition reported fewer overall child emotional and behavioral problems and a significant reduction in levels of hyperactivity/inattention in their children. Further, the primarily online modality of the Sesame program yielded high caregiver satisfaction and utilization; this approach may warrant further research as an effective means of reaching busy military families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2533-2540
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding Funding for this evaluation was provided by Sesame Workshop, based on a grant they received from Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Copyright 2018 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Military families
  • Online intervention
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Sesame Workshop
  • Transitions


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