Interventions to Support and Strengthen Parenting in Military Families: State of the Evidence
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Parenting can be challenging in today’s society; however, parenting while one or both caregivers are actively involved in U.S. military service can be especially demanding. Since September 11, 2001, the country’s reliance on the U.S. military has reached an all time high, and this increase reflects the need to understand and meet the demands of military families, such as the need for parenting support. Military family readiness is a term that has become more prominent over the past couple of decades. This chapter provides an overview of parenting interventions that have been developed for and are currently working to strengthen and support military families. To better understand how parenting interventions are utilized among military families, this chapter will review the history of parenting education, acknowledge changes and trends in the field, and explore popular theoretical frameworks. In addition, this chapter will review selected parenting programs developed for military families. Finally, this chapter summarizes the essential next steps in parenting programs, including an evaluation component in order to better understand what works and where resources should be invested.
KeywordsParenting Military Strategies Interventions Support
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