Date of Award

Fall 2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Advisor(s)

William Evans

Anne Stewart

Lennis Echterling

Abstract

This project provides community mental health professionals with information regarding the current supports and difficulties National Guard and Reserve military families face and the resources available to them. Literature on the stresses confronted by National Guard families, social support, the deployment cycle, and needs of National Guard families is reviewed. The current study investigated social support using the Social Support Questionnaire (Short Form) (Sarason, Levine, Basham, & Sarason, 1983). Participants reported the number of people they could really count on when they needed help and how satisfied they were with the help. In addition, qualitative written responses and interviews provided information on personal experiences with community support through the deployment cycle. Recommendations for future research focus on increasing participants and incentives. Recommendations and resources for community mental health workers providing support are also presented.

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Psychology Commons

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