Parenting and Children's Resilience in Military Families

by Abigail H. Gewirtz,

This reference examines the wide-ranging impact of militarylife on families, parenting, and child development. It examines the complex familyneeds of this diverse population, especially as familiar issues such as trauma,domestic violence, and child abuse manifest differently than in civilian life. Expertcontributors review findings on deployed mothers, active-duty fathers, and othermilitary parents while offering evidence for interventions and preventionprograms to enhance children’s healthy adjustment in this highly structured yetuncertain context. Its emphasis on resource and policy improvements keepsthe book focused on the evolution of military families in the face of future changeand challenges.

Included in the coverage:

  • Impacts of military life on young children and their parents.
  • Parenting school-age children and adolescents through military deployments.
  • Parenting in military families faced with combat-related injury, illness, or death.
  • The special case of civilian service members: supporting parents in the National Guard and Reserves.
  • Interventions to support and strengthen parenting in military families: state of the evidence.
  • Military parenting in the digital age: existing practices, new possibilities.

Addressing a major need in family and parenting studies, Parenting and Children’s Resilience inMilitary Families is necessary reading for scholars and practitioners interested in parenting and military family research. 

  • Springer International Publishing; June 2016
  • ISBN 9783319125565
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: Parenting and Children's Resilience in Military Families
  • Author: Abigail H. Gewirtz (ed.); Adriana M. Youssef (ed.)
  • Imprint: Springer

About The Author

Abigail Gewirtz's primary interests are in trauma, resilience, and promoting children’s healthy development with two distinct but interrelated research foci: the impact of exposure to traumatic stressors on parenting and child functioning, and the development, testing, and widespread implementation of family-based interventions. She is Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Drug Abuse-funded randomized controlled trial to develop and test a web-enhanced parenting program for National Guard families with parents returning from deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Gewirtz also directs Ambit Network, a SAMHSA/National Child Traumatic Stress Network Community Services and Treatment center focusing on the implementation of evidence-based interventions for traumatized school-aged children and their parents. Other studies currently underway include a study of families exposed to rocket attacks on the Israel-Gaza border, and a randomized preference trial to examine motivational cognitions and parent preferences for delivery format of parenting interventions. Dr. Gewirtz has written and has presented widely at both the local and national level on prevention and intervention for highly stressed children.