What is it about?

This paper explores the protective factors found in Australian families experiencing military deployment and training. The protective factors were analysed using a socio-ecological perspective. They included relationships with siblings, parents, co-parenting, spousal, family friends, extended family, educators). Support also came from the Australian Defence Force, charitable organisations, government departments, social media, and by using free postal services and information communication technology. The paper gives insights into military families and the ways family workers, educators and policy makers could further support them.

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Why is it important?

The data for this paper includes rare data from a family who has left the military, another family who was preparing for redeployment and another who had experienced the death of a spouse in combat.


It is important that we learn from military families so we can better support them during the stresses of the deployment cycle.

Dr Marg Rogers
University of New England

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This page is a summary of: Protective Factors in Families: Themes From a Socioecological Study of Australian Defence Force Families Experiencing Parental Deployment, SAGE Open, April 2017, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/2158244017706711.
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