The University of Minnesota is seeking assistance with a study assessing the effectiveness of the After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tool program. Studies will take place at Fort Bragg, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington and Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
ADAPT is a parenting course developed to support Solders and their Families with parenting in a post-deployment household.
The course is offered online or as a two-day workshop. Families who have participated in the program have reported improved couple of relationships and child and parent resilience, a better sense of control of their children, more effective discipline strategies and a reduction in child behavior problems.
UM will conduct the study over the course of two years, however, Families can withdraw at any time. ADAPT is seeking 210 Fort Bragg Families, half from the regular Army and half from Special Operations Forces.
Participants must be active duty at the start of the study, but may reach Expiration of Term of Service or retire after the study has begun. Participants must have at least one child aged five to 12 years old. Participants may be single Soldiers and spouses may apply while a Soldier is deployed.
Regular Army Soldiers should have deployed once in the last five years and Special Operations Forces Soldiers should have deployed twice in the last three years.
Participants receive compensation of up to $520 in gift cards, which are distributed throughout the study. Some Families will be asked to attend three short follow-up sessions, and all Families participating will be asked to complete five online surveys, an interview before the program and interviews 12 months and 24 months after the program.
Any Soldier or spouse interested in participating can enroll in or find additional information on the program online.
Interested parties are also invited to reach out to Cheryle Dangell Heinecke the Fort Bragg site coordinator for the ADAPT program. Heinecke has seven years of experience teaching parenting classes on Fort Bragg with Army Community Service.
This program is the first for post-deployment Families created to deal with key post deployment issues, she explained.
“Learning to communicate more effectively with your children will give you more success as a Family ... this program has also helped marriages because when you are not at odds with each other and you are on the same script and parenting becomes a lot more enjoyable,” said Heinecke.
For additional information or to enroll in the ADAPT program, visit www.adapt.unm.edu, or contact Cheryle Dangell Heinecke by phone at (612) 352-7942, or email at cheineck@umn.edu.