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A Refocus on the Intersection of Vulnerabilities and Resilient Factors of the Heterogenous Military Family

September 16, 2019 @ 8:52 am CDT

Jay Mancini


About this Episode

In this episode, Dr. Jay Mancini shares his research on resilience and vulnerabilities of individuals, families, and communities, and their multiple intersections. His samples include military Service members, military youth, Veterans and their families.

Dr. Mancini shares that many military families are utilizing assets they have in their lives to “wrestle well in the face of adversity”. However, because military families are very diverse and heterogenous, there’s variation in the needs and assets of what each military believes is important to maintaining resilience. Implications for Military Family Service Providers are also provided as they help to build resilience in military families.

Guest Bio

Dr. Jay Mancini is Professor Emeritus of Human Development at VirginiaUsed for Jay Mancini podcast Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and an Adjunct Professor of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Mancini received his doctoral degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. From 1977 to 2009 he was on the human development faculty at Virginia Tech, and was also the Senior Research Fellow at Virginia Tech’s Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment.

From 2009 to 2016 Dr. Mancini was the A.M. Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Science at The University of Georgia. In 2013 he held the role of Ambiguous Loss Visiting Scholar at University of Minnesota. His recent book with Pauline Boss and Chalandra Bryant, is Family Stress Management: A Contextual Approach (2017; Sage Publishers).

Additional Materials

1. Boss, P., Bryant, C. M., & Mancini, J. A. (2016). Family stress management: A contextual approach. Sage Publications.

2. Bowen, G. L., Jensen, T. M., Martin, J. A., & Mancini, J. A. (2016). The willingness of military members to seek help: The role of social involvement and social responsibility. American journal of community psychology, 57(1-2), 203-215

3. Family Life Education/Family Life Educator:

4. Jay A. Mancini & Gary L. Bowen, “Looking backward, moving forward: Reuben Hill and future research on military families,” NCFR Online Digital Archive, accessed July 28, 2019,

5. Military REACH at Auburn University:

*Keep an eye out for Mancini’s newest article that will be published in the Journal of Family Relations, entitled: “Toward a Framework for Military Family Life Education: Looking Backward, Moving Forward”


This material is based on 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 Award Number 2015-48770-24368.


September 16, 2019
8:52 am CDT
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