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Accession Number ADA589961
Title Child Adjustment to Parental Combat Deployment: Risk and Resilience Models.
Publication Date Mar 2012
Media Count 61p
Personal Author D. Aikins J. W. Aikins
Abstract Parental deployment can disrupt the care children receive both as a result of deployment-related separation and the potentially destabilizing impact of deployment on the remaining caregiver and daily routines. This study collaboration is between civilian scientists and the behavioral health MEDDAC of the 10th Mountain Light Infantry Division. The project entails the assessment of parents (N=400) whose spouse/partner is currently deployed and has a child between the ages of 3 and 7. The objectives of this study are as follows: (1) to examine the role of caregiver behaviors in mitigating or exacerbating the risk associated with parental deployment in the prediction of child adaptation, (2) to identify and measure developmentally salient skills as indicators of current adaptation among children during preschool and early childhood, and (3) to delineate whether particular groups of children are at greater risk or demonstrate greater resilience in response to parental deployment. Current progress includes successful IRB exemption and survey development and deployment. Based on feedback from Fort Drum, we created an internet-based version of the survey to facilitate access to participants. Data collection has begun (n=161) and continues at this time. Initial data review indicates preliminary support for our ability to profile at-risk children and parents.
Keywords Adjustment(Psychology)
Afghanistan conflict
Army personnel
Caregiver behaviors
Child adjustment
Child development
Community support
Developmental psychology
Developmental skills
Emotion regulation
Family members
Interpersonal relations
Iraqi war
Mental health
Parental combat deployment
Preschool children
School performance

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92B - Psychology
70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
92A - Job Training & Career Development
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
95D - Human Factors Engineering
Corporate Author Connecticut Univ., Storrs.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Annual rept. 28 Feb 2011-29 Feb 2012.
NTIS Issue Number 1409
Contract Number W81XWH-09-2-0086

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