Promoting parenting to support reintegrating military families: After deployment, adaptive parenting tools

Abigail Gewirtz, Keri L.M. Pinna, Sheila K. Hanson, Dustin Brockberg

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Abstract

The high operational tempo of the current conflicts and the unprecedented reliance on National Guard and Reserve forces highlights the need for services to promote reintegration efforts for those transitioning back to civilian family life. Despite evidence that parenting has significant influence on children's functioning, and that parenting may be impaired during stressful family transitions, there is a dearth of empirically supported psychological interventions tailored for military families reintegrating after deployment. This article reports on the modification of an empirically supported parenting intervention for families in which a parent has deployed to war. A theoretical rationale for addressing parenting during reintegration after deployment is discussed. We describe the intervention, After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT), and report early feasibility and acceptability data from a randomized controlled effectiveness trial of ADAPT, a 14-week group-based, Web-enhanced parenting training program. Among the first 42 families assigned to the intervention group, participation rates were high, and equal among mothers and fathers. Satisfaction was high across all 14 sessions. Implications for psychological services to military families dealing with the deployment process are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-40
Number of pages10
JournalPsychological Services
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2014

Keywords

  • Children
  • Military deployment
  • National guard/reserves
  • Parenting
  • Prevention

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