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Media attention for ADAPT, supporting Guard, Reserve families

After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT), led by family social science/child development associate professor Abi Gewirtz and project manager Laurel Bidwell, is gaining attention in the news as the Minnesota National Guard prepares for its second-largest deployment since World War II. The project, which examines the effectiveness of an evidence-based parenting intervention modified for families in the National Guard and Reserves, is featured in the May 19 Star Tribune and on WCCO-TV, KSTP-TV, and KSAX-TV. The University of Minnesota home page also features ADAPT.

The goal of ADAPT is to equip parents--and by extension, their families--with the best tools possible as they face deployment and then family reintegration. Gewirtz and Bidwell are recruiting 400 Minnesota National Guard and Reserve families over the next five years. Participants must have returned from deployment within recent years and have at least one child in the home between the ages of 5 and 12. Families will be randomly assigned to one of two groups--one that receives standard parenting literature and another that participates in a 14-week session with facilitated groups and web-enhanced components.

Eligible families can sign up on the ADAPT site.

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