Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Resilience Training Boosts Military Families

A program designed to promote resiliency within military families helps alleviate stress caused by deployment to war zones, according to a preliminary report in the American Journal of Public Health. Data covering 488 families in the Families OverComing Under Stress program were gathered between 2008 and 2010 at 11 U.S. military bases. Psychological distress levels were already higher for service members, civilian parents, and children at baseline than in comparable civilian families. The resilience training resulted in “significant improvements across all measures” for all three groups, according to study director Patricia Lester, M.D., of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. For more information about military families in Psychiatric News, click here.

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