The well-being of military children depends heavily on the quality of their relationships with their parents and siblings. This presentation will focus on evidence about the role of military service in shaping children’s family relationships, how those relationships connect to their well-being and adjustment, and how practitioners can use this evidence to support military families.
Understand the history of military policies and their influence on the characteristics of the service force and military families
Identify the demographics of children in military families
Understand the challenges and resilience that children in military families demonstrate
Identify how deployments shape children’s adjustment directly and indirectly through the family environment
Shawn D. Whiteman, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University. Utilizing an ecological perspective, Shawn’s research investigates the connections between family socialization processes and youth’s health and socioemotional adjustment. He is specifically interested in the implications of youth’s sibling relationships for their health and well-being.
Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University, where she directs the Center for Families, as well as the Military Family Research Institute, which she co-founded. Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth’s primary research interest is the relationship between work conditions and family life, with a special focus on military families.
Continuing Education (CE) Credit and Certificate of Attendance
OneOp Family Transitions has been granted approval for the following Continuing Education (CE) credits:
Social Work , Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: Programming approval for 1.5 CE credits for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work.
Certified Family Life Educators (CFLEs): Approval for 1.5 Contact Hours from the National Council on Family Relations to CFLE’s.
Certificate of completion will also be available for providers interested in documenting their training activities.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense under Award Number 2019-48770-30366 and 2023-48770-41333.