Congratulations to PhD alumni Molly Wolf, PhD '14, Rebecca
Eliseo-Arras, PhD '16, Research Professor Tom Nochajski and
co-authors on the publication of their article, “This
Will Help Your Children”: Service Providers’
Experiences with Military Families During Cycles of Deployment, in
the Journal of Family Social Work.
Wolf, M. R., Eliseo-Arras, R. K., Brenner, M., Turner, D., &
Nochajski, T. H. (2016). “This Will Help Your
Children”: Service Providers’ Experiences with Military
Families During Cycles of Deployment. Journal of Family Social
Military families face not only the same challenges as other
families, but also unique issues due to their military involvement.
Parenting programs for civilian families can be helpful, but they
do not generally cover the specific issues faced by military
families. The purpose of this qualitative study was to gather
information from a focus group of eight service providers about the
types of issues that affect military families, such that content
and delivery of workshops at a social service agency could be
formed to specifically cater to military families. This study
utilized a phenomenological approach, and analyses revealed areas
for social service involvement around the cycle of deployment.
Specifically, social services could be helpful by using
psychoeducational and normalization techniques around the five
major themes that resulted from this study: (1) the issues of
servicemembers psychologically withdrawing before deployment, (2)
family cohesion and connectedness during and after deployment, (3)
family stability during reintegration of the service member, (4)
military families experience many of the same challenges that
nonmilitary families do (such as domestic violence and financial
issues), and (5) utilizing a military culture framework for all
military family programs.