University of Minnesota researchers are recruiting more than 300 Minnesota National Guard and Reserve families for an ongoing study, called Project ADAPT (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools) , of parenting during and after deployment. Researchers are hoping to learn how best to support military families.
So far, nearly 100 families have participated since the project launched last year. More groups will follow with the next wave of returning military parents, who are expected back in Minnesota in May.
“What impresses me about this program is that it offers parents proven and practical strategies for managing family life,” said Col. Greg Haase, commander of the 133rd Airlift Wing of the Minnesota Air National Guard. “It accomplishes this by demonstrating simple but effective skills.”
Military families with children between the ages of 4 and 12 who have experienced deployment since 2001 and live in the Twin Cities, Mankato and St. Cloud are eligible to join the study. All participating families are offered parenting resources. Families are paid up to $595 over the course of the study.
The study’s principal investigator is Abi Gewirtz, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Family Social Science. The research team includes Melissa Polusny at the Minneapolis VA.
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