Spreading the Word: Couples retreats provided by the Military

first_imgReferences[1] Tanielian, T. L., Jaycox, L. (2008). Invisible wounds of war: Psychological and cognitive injuries, their consequences, and services to assist recovery. Santa Monica, CA: RAND.[2] Jones, A. D. (2012). Intimate partner violence in military couples: A review of the literature. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 17(2), 147-157.[3] Stanley, S.M., Allen, E.S., Markman, H.J. (2010). Decreasing divorce in U.S. Army couples: Results from a Randomized controlled trial using PREP for Strong Bonds. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy: Innovations, 9(2), 149-160.This post was written by Kimberly Quinn, University of Florida M.Ed./M.S. Candidate, 1LT Florida Army National Guard.  She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. By Kimberly Quinn, Family Development Research Assistant[Flickr, Holding-Hands by Yowl Ben-Avraham,CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Military couples have a unique set of relationship education resources at their fingertips, but these services may be underutilized. Professionals working with military couples can help by spreading the word. Marriage can be considered a protective factor for post-traumatic stress and depression. For instance, married service members are 46 % less likely to be diagnosed with depression, and 20% less likely to present with post traumatic stress symptoms than their single counterparts [1]. Furthermore, among those returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, service members who were separated or divorced reported higher levels of depression and post-traumatic stress [1]. The typical victim of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the military is under twenty-five years old, is a parent and has been married two years or less [2]. Marriage strengthening can support service members and their spouses while undergoing separations and protect against family violence. Below are examples of programs that are available to military couples, but there may be other programs specific to local installations and communities.Mixon, K. (2013). Marriage Enhancement Programs through the Military Services. Kacy Mixon gives eXtension.org permission to use her personal photo.Click on the program name for direct links:Strong Bonds-contact local chaplainPrevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) -contact installation chaplainMarriage Enrichment Retreats (MER)-contact CREDO siteMarriage Care-contact installation specific programsOperation Military Family–contact program directorMarriage Management-contact program directorlast_img

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