More than 2 million American children have had a parent deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. A growing body of research shows how the deployment of a parent can be challenging for school-aged children. The research also shows that strong, healthy parenting is particularly important during these challenging times of transition.
After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT) is a program developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota to specifically address parenting in military families. It is based on more than 50 years of rigorous research on positive parenting techniques and has been tested with hundreds of military families.
Research results show that ADAPT significantly improves parenting, and parents’ confidence. Children show improved behavior and emotional adjustment. Parents also report reduced depression, PTSD, and suicidal tendencies.