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Mindfulness Strategies: Supporting Military Parents During Reintegration

Auteurs: Kate Gliske, Adeya Richmond, Tegan Smischney, Lynne M. Borden

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 9/2019

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Abstract

Objective

Nearly 2.5 million service members have served on a deployment with a child at home since 2001. While deployment and reintegration (i.e., when the service member returns home) can negatively impact parenting practices, mindfulness strategies offer a new approach for coping with the stress and uncertainty associated with the deployment cycle. The objective of this paper is to further expand professionals’ understanding of how mindfulness can assist military parents. This paper explores the link between mindfulness practices and positive parenting outcomes, and uses the military reintegration period as a context for suggestions as to how professionals can incorporate mindfulness in their work with military families.

Methods

This comprehensive literature review outlines the research supporting the effectiveness of mindfulness techniques as they apply to parenting.

Results

This literature review offered key practices of mindful parenting (i.e., listening with full attention, nonjudgmental acceptance of self and child, compassion for self and others, self-regulation in the parenting relationship, and emotional awareness of self and child). This information was then applied within the context of three challenges military parents’ encounter during reintegration: renegotiating family roles and responsibilities, reconnecting with children, and managing changes in mental health.

Conclusion

Military families live both on and off bases throughout the USA and internationally. It is critical that those professionals who work with these families understand the unique contexts that these families encounter and continue to incorporate new tools and resources (e.g., mindfulness) that best serve each of these families.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Mindfulness Strategies: Supporting Military Parents During Reintegration
Auteurs
Kate Gliske
Adeya Richmond
Tegan Smischney
Lynne M. Borden
Publicatiedatum
30-04-2019
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 9/2019
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-019-01156-0

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