Date of Award

Summer 2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Abstract

This study sought to investigate the effectiveness of the Same Sky Sharing Program on decreasing anxiety and academic difficulties in students experiencing parental deployment. Student participants completed the Revised Children’s Manifest Anxiety Scale, Second Edition prior to participation in the Same Sky Sharing program, and then completed it once again following completion of the program. Teachers of participating students provided information regarding student performance in the classroom, including any academic strengths or difficulties. An analysis of pre and post RCMAS-2 scores indicated that the mean student anxiety scores remained in the average range after participation in the Same Sky Sharing program. However, a review of qualitative data indicated that student participants had learned new coping mechanisms for dealing with anxiety and worries. Furthermore, results did not reveal a significant decrease in academic difficulties, however due to outside variables, and the qualitative nature of data collection, this may not be an accurate conclusion. Recommendations for future research are included.

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