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Mil Med. 2011 Jan;176(1):19-25.

Families overcoming under stress: implementing family-centered prevention for military families facing wartime deployments and combat operational stress.

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UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, 760 Westwood Plaza, Room A8-159, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA.

Abstract

The toll of multiple and prolonged deployments on families has become clearer in recent years as military families have seen an increase in childhood anxiety, parental psychological distress, and marital discord. Families overcoming under stress (FOCUS), a family-centered evidence-informed resiliency training program developed at University of California, Los Angeles and Harvard Medical School, is being implemented at military installations through an initiative from Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. The research foundation for FOCUS includes evidence-based preventive interventions that were adapted to meet the specific needs of military families facing combat operational stress associated with wartime deployments. Using a family narrative approach, FOCUS includes a customized approach utilizing core intervention components, including psychoeducation, emotional regulation skills, goal setting and problem solving skills, traumatic stress reminder management techniques, and family communication skills. The purpose of this study is to describe the development and implementation of FOCUS for military families. A case example is also presented.

PMID:
21305955
DOI:
10.7205/milmed-d-10-00122
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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