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ERIC Number: EJ920350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
Opportunities for School Psychologists Working with Children of Military Families
Sherman, Michelle D.; Glenn, Marshall Andrew
Communique, v39 n5 p1, 17-19 Jan-Feb 2011
Today's military families are a diverse, resilient group of brave Americans, and the country owes them a tremendous debt of gratitude. To date, over 2 million service members have been deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism, many for multiple tours. For the first time in the country's history, there are more military dependents (spouses/children) than service members. In fact, there are over 2 million children who have one or both parents in the military, and about half of these young people attend U.S. public schools. While school psychologists have followed general relocation guidelines as set forth in "Best Practices in Assisting Relocating Families", children of military families face a variety of unique challenges as a consequence of their parents' service in the armed forces. School psychologists are in a key position to identify, understand, and support military youth. This article will overview demographic information on today's military families, the research on how parental deployment affects youth, specific tips for how school psychologists can support these young people, and resources available to these children and families. The authors hope that these statistics and practical suggestions will motivate and empower school psychologists to remember that military kids truly do "serve" the country, deserve one's appreciation, and may need some extra support along the way.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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