Improving Child Peer Adjustment in Military Families Through Parent Training

The Mediational Role of Parental Locus of Control

Timothy F. Piehler, Kadie Ausherbauer, Abigail Gewirtz, Kate Gliske

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Abstract

The present study investigated the mechanisms through which a parenting intervention for military families fosters positive peer adjustment in children. A sample of 336 families with a history of parental deployment enrolled in a randomized controlled trial of the After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT) preventive intervention. ADAPT is a 14-week preventive intervention designed to strengthen parenting in military families. The intervention was associated with improvements in mother’s and father’s parental locus of control (i.e., a more internal locus of control) at a 6-month follow-up assessment while controlling for baseline levels. Mothers’ parental locus of control was positively associated with improvements in children’s peer adjustment 12 months following the intervention while controlling for baseline peer adjustment. A significant indirect effect revealed that participation in ADAPT resulted in improved 12-month peer adjustment by improving mothers’ parental locus of control. Implications for supporting youth resilience to stressors associated with deployment are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1322-1343
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Volume38
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Social Adjustment
parents training
Internal-External Control
locus of control
Parenting
Military
Mothers
foster family
Fathers
resilience
father
Randomized Controlled Trials
Military Family
participation

Keywords

  • military deployment
  • parental locus of control
  • parenting intervention
  • peer adjustment

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Improving Child Peer Adjustment in Military Families Through Parent Training : The Mediational Role of Parental Locus of Control. / Piehler, Timothy F.; Ausherbauer, Kadie; Gewirtz, Abigail; Gliske, Kate.

In: Journal of Early Adolescence, Vol. 38, No. 9, 01.11.2018, p. 1322-1343.

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