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Families needed for Defense Department parenting study

Fort Bragg officials continue to seek military families for a study that will shape how the Department of Defense helps families after deployments.

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By DREW BROOKS | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: October 13, 2018

(Tribune News Service) — Fort Bragg officials continue to seek military families for a study that will shape how the Department of Defense helps families after deployments.

The After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tools, or ADAPT, study requires more than 200 families, officials said. It involves surveys, in-home interviews and a series of courses that will be conducted in a classroom setting or online.

The first workshops on Fort Bragg for the study will be held in November.

Cheryle Dangell, the Fort Bragg site coordinator for the ADAPT study, said officials are seeking 210 families -- 105 from conventional forces and 105 from special operations.

In return for their participation, families can receive up to $520 in gift cards, she said.

To qualify, a family member must have deployed once in the past five years with a conventional Army unit or twice in the past three years with a special operations unit, and must have a child between the ages of 5 and 12 years.

The Pentagon is funding the study, which also involves families at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a follow-up to a program developed for National Guard families by the University of Minnesota.

Dangell said participates will be randomly assigned either in-class training in the form of two, seven-hour courses or a self-paced online course.

In Minnesota, Dangell said, the program has proven to have a positive impact on military families after a deployment. Participates have reported lower rates of depression, suicidal thoughts and post-traumatic stress.

The program provides parents with a script and tools they can use to avoid yelling, threats and coercion and is based on decades of parenting research.

"It's problem solving and emotional regulation," Dangell said. "It improves child and parent resiliency."

The voluntary program is open to all ranks. Childcare will be provided if a family is chosen for the in-class course.

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