Teaching Adaptive Parenting Skills to Military parents dealing with deployment in Minnesota.
Research: Minnesota National Guardsmen and families undergoing study for next 4 years on how deployment stress affects them. Research study through the University of Minnesota.
The article, Deployment Toll Under Microscope, was written by Mark Brunswick and published in the Star Tribune, a main state-wide newspaper in Minnesota.
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"Between 10 and 18 percent of returning Iraq and Afghanistan troops are likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder. Compounding their stress, nearly one in five will return without a job. Previous research has shown that citizen soldiers have had higher levels of PTSD, drug use, and other combat-related adjustment problems compared with active-duty personnel. The first year back for these troops can often prove more stressful for families than the actual deployment in a war zone." --Mark Brunswick, "Deployment Toll Under Microscope", Star Tribune.
- a 14 week commitment
- Weekly 2 hour meeting in community center (dinner served and childcare offered)
- Four interviews over a 2 year period of time
While ADAPT is constantly recruiting more families to participate in the program, so far (according to the Star Tribune article) 100 families have participated.
Of those families studied to date:
- 80% are two-parent homes
- average years of marriage = 8.9 years per couple with children
- average number of children = 2.4 kids per marriage
- Dad was the deployable military member in 85% of the families studied
- Guard and Reserve events
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1. Minnesota National Guard families or Reserve families or veteran families
2. Mother or Father of the family has had at least one deployment since September 11, 2001
3. Family has at least one child between the ages of 5-12 years
Participating families receive some small compensation.
Definition of the ADAPT program and Mission according to their Homepage:
ADAPT is a project that is being conducted at the University of Minnesota with the support of the Minnesota National Guard and Reserves. We strive to learn about family resilience and to develop tools to support resilience among military families as they cope with the stress of deployment and reintegration.
We have been meeting with National Guard and Reserve families from throughout Minnesota – in fact, we have met with thousands of individuals who have helped inform our work. We honor the families and military staff whom we have heard from so far and we would like to hear from you as well.
If you are a parent who has at least one child between the ages of 5-12 years and at least one of the parents in your household has been deployed – please contact us to find out more about being a part of our project. We would love to hear from you!
Over the past year we have had the honor of facilitating over 40 parenting workshops related to the deployment cycle - and if you are part of the Minnesota National Guard or Reserves – you have probably seen us – or you will see us at your Family Preparation Academies and your 30-,60-, 90-day reintegration events.
We hope to not only learn from you about how to support military families – but we also aim to give back to the military community by providing workshops, newsletters and parenting groups that will arm your families with the best tools possible as you face deployment and reintegration.
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ADAPT: After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota
Some links: biographies, homepage, history of the project
More information on the ADAPT project:
ADAPT monthly newsletter
In ADAPT's resource page:
Military Child Education Coalition--educational resources for military children to help them deal with separation and deployment transitions
MN Child Care Resource and Referral Network: Give Army Parents a Break provides military families with 16 hours of free child care each month
Operation Military Kids provides outreach and education for communities and schools
Related articles on Guard Reintegration:
Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program