After years of rigorous research, the ADAPT team is now working to make the program available to as many families as possible across the country. We are also working to expand access to ADAPT’s online and telehealth curricula.
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Until now, ADAPT has only been available as a ‘one size fits all’ program. However, families’ needs differ – some parents need or want less intensive or online programs, whereas others may need more intensive or in-person programs; some parents may do better in a group program whereas others may need individual support. In addition, ADAPT was originally developed primarily for Reserve component families. In this study, we will modify ADAPT specifically for Special Operations families dealing with high OPSTEMPO environments, as well as for ‘regular’ Army families.
The ADAPT for Active Duty study examines multiple formats, ‘doses’ and sequences of the ADAPT program in an innovative study design known as a SMART (sequential, multiple assignment, randomized trial). This is a two-stage study, whereby families are first randomized to either an ADAPT retreat or online program, and if they need further support they are subsequently randomized again, either to have access to a booster group program, or a booster individual family ADAPT format. The various formats and sequences are evaluated against each other to determine what works best for whom.
This is the first military family personalization study. Based on earlier research, we expect the program to benefit families (improving adult, child, and couple adjustment, as well as parenting) but we also expect it to benefit military family providers, giving the options for alternative sequences, ‘doses’ and components that might work for different military families. Another contribution of this study is that it is one of the few studies that will examine – using data from multiple methods and multiple reporters, to document how high OPSTEMPO conditions affect family resilience, and how a parenting program might buffer these conditions, strengthening resilience. Ultimately, healthier families make for healthier service members – and vice versa.
ADAPT for Active Duty is being implemented Fort Bragg, Fort Campbell, Fort Belvoir, and Fort Myer, with both conventional and special operations Army families.
For more information on the ADAPT for Active Duty study please contact:
Cheryle Dangell, Fort Bragg Site Coordinator
Meagan McKissick, Fort Belvoir Site Coordinator
Amberlee Martin, Fort Campbell Site Coordinator