Sunday, October 02, 2011

Impacts of military family life on adult relationships (survey)

The current military engagements bring a focus on military families to the forefront of public and governmental attention. The military family is immersed in the values and traditions of the military. A sense of pride and uniqueness emerges from this culture, but it may also create challenges and stressful experiences. Thousands of families live within these unique communities, and little is known about the role of such family experiences upon the development of children and their transitions into adulthood. Given the ongoing political and military obligations in the Middle East, further study of military family experiences is warranted.

In an effort to both expand and improve supportive services for military families, I am conducting a study that will explore the impacts of military family life on adult relationships. As such, I am looking for participants who are 25 years or older, with parents who have served in the following branches of the military: United States Air Force, United States Army, United States Navy, or United States Marines Corps. Your participation would be invaluable to my work. Your willingness to share your experiences of growing up in a military family will provide a much-needed perspective for policy and procedure administrators, mental health professionals, support service coordinators and more!

In addition, by agreeing to take part in the study, you will have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for one of four $25 VISA gift cards.

If you are interested in participating please follow the link below. It will take you directly to the survey website, where more information is provided.

Survey Link

With sincere thanks,

Karena H.
Ph.D. Candidate, Counselor Education
College of William & Mary


Blogger Jimi said...

Timing couldn't be better. I have been searching the internet for organiztions addressing these issues in adult children and no one seems to be doing it.

I have found only 3 entities currently at the forefront of these issues (SAMHSA, NCTSN, and NCTSN/FOCUS), all of whom are focused on the current population of children with deployed parents.

I am more than happy to give my two cents on this deep and overlooked issue, and the betrayal by society and the military of dependant children. I would anyone with "brat" history to do so; God knows if it wasn't for the amount of funding being thrown at this issue right now, nobody would care.

With the lack of awareness, concern, or services, this seems to be our only current shot at bringing these issues into the light.

Fri Jan 20, 05:37:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bill Shields said...

How many people are on the registry? I know a lot of people have said that the military is one of the greatest things that have happened to them, just because of how effective it was a building them up. I half want to enlist here in Calgary now. Join the Canadian armed forces.

Wed Jan 16, 05:57:00 PM PST  
Blogger Military Brats Registry Blog said...

Jimi, there are 84,391 as of Jan 16 2013.

Wed Jan 16, 07:15:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Barb Barber said...

You may want to add one more category to your study, children of military civilians. As an Army brat, I can relate to life on the go. However as an adult, I have raised children that are affected by all of the circumstances of military life as military civilian dependents. These dependents often live under the radar of all things military only because their parents are not directly in the service but, serving those who are. They live alongside brats and endure the changing environments of brat life, sometimes staying in one place a little longer, sometimes not. They too endure deployed parents, isolation in small countries, language barriers and transitions throughout their childhoods.
Just a thought,
Barb Barber

Sun Jan 12, 01:23:00 AM PST  
Blogger Mary Lawlor said...

If you still need any kind of input for your study, Karena, I'd be happy to give it. I just published a book, "Fighter Pilot's Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013) that relates many of my experiences as a Marine Corps and later Army kid. Barb Barber's suggestion is a good one. I knew (and still know) many daughters and sons of civilians who worked for the military whose experiences matched our own, but they seem often not to be included in studies.
Mary Lawlor,

Sun Jan 12, 09:18:00 AM PST  

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