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School for Social Work


Children of military personnel-Services for, School social work, Children, Deployment, National Guard, Schools, Needs assessment


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 semistructured 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, multitheoretical in nature, and address mental health needs within school settings.




vi, 196 p. Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2012. Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-163)