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Am J Public Health. 2012 Mar;102 Suppl 1:S48-54. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.300088. Epub 2011 Nov 28.

Evaluation of a family-centered prevention intervention for military children and families facing wartime deployments.

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Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024-6502, USA. plester@mednet.ucla.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We evaluated the Families OverComing Under Stress program, which provides resiliency training designed to enhance family psychological health in US military families affected by combat- and deployment-related stress.

METHODS:

We performed a secondary analysis of Families OverComing Under Stress program evaluation data that was collected between July 2008 and February 2010 at 11 military installations in the United States and Japan. We present data at baseline for 488 unique families (742 parents and 873 children) and pre-post outcomes for 331 families.

RESULTS:

Family members reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and positive impact on parent-child indicators. Psychological distress levels were elevated for service members, civilian parents, and children at program entry compared with community norms. Change scores showed significant improvements across all measures for service member and civilian parents and their children (P < .001).

CONCLUSIONS:

Evaluation data provided preliminary support for a strength-based, trauma-informed military family prevention program to promote resiliency and mitigate the impact of wartime deployment stress.

PMID:
22033756
PMCID:
PMC3496435
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2010.300088
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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