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ERIC Number: EJ1155869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
Children of the U.S. National Guard: Making Meaning and Responding to Parental Deployment
Thompson, David E.; Baptist, Joyce; Miller, Bryant; Henry, Una
Youth & Society, v49 n8 p1040-1056 Nov 2017
This qualitative study explored how 24 youths' behaviors during deployment were influenced by their perceptions of their non-deployed parents. Interviews were conducted with youths of previously deployed National Guard parents. Analysis of interviews suggests that the youths' interactions with their non-deployed parents strongly influence their behaviors during deployment. Examined through the lenses of family systems and symbolic interaction, youths appear to base their behaviors upon perceptions of their non-deployed parents' abilities to cope and manage the changes brought about during deployment. The majority of youths report reacting in ways intended to help their parents and families--whether by stepping up and assisting their non-deployed parents, or withdrawing physically or emotionally to reduce the emotional strain on parents. Implications of findings are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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