Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perspectives on needs of school children within National Guard families from military-affiliated providers and civilian educators: Implications for school social work
by Fletcher, Kari Lynne, Ph.D., Smith College, 2012, 203; 3648343
Abstract (Summary)

This mixed method study investigated what providers who work with school-age children identify as the continued needs among children of Minnesota National Guard service members who are currently or have been deployed since 9/11. Key informants with National Guard (n=8) and educational affiliations (n=8) participated in semi-structured interviews that helped inform survey content for school social workers (n=105) that completed online surveys. Results from this study demonstrate that needs among children of deployed service members are being addressed on many fronts. Yet in light of the transitions the families of these youth experience, they remain vulnerable and in need of school based support that makes use of relationship support at school and promotes their resilience. Results from this study also reveal that developing further supports—particularly through clinical, tertiary-level interventions—within school settings is an ongoing challenge to which school social workers are encouraged to respond. Future research would benefit from a study of clinical school social work interventions for children of deployed service members that are age-appropriate, multi-theoretical in nature, and address mental health needs within school settings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pruett, Marsha
Commitee: Basham, Kathryn, Drisko, James W., Leskela, Jennie
School: Smith College
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: DAI-A 76/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mental health, Social work, School counseling, Military studies
Keywords: Deployed service members, Family transitions, Mental health needs, Minnesota, National Guard, Needs assessment, School-age children
Publication Number: 3648343
ISBN: 9781321442724
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