This article presents what is currently known about the coping strategies used by parents in military families to support their young children and maintain a positive family environment, and the educational and clinical interventions available to them. It aims to help early years’ professionals understand better what the needs of military families with young children are and how to support them.
The young child’s emotional, social and cognitive development is shaped by the relationship-based environment into which s/he is born. ‘As a source of risk, the home may reflect an atmosphere of disorganization…..As a source of resilience and growth-promotion, it is characterized by regularized routines and both a physical and a psychological milieu that supports healthy child-caregiver interactions’ (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000:345). Military families in which either one or both parents are serving in the armed forces encounter several obstacles to providing a secure milieu for their young children, challenges that are not usually experienced by civilian families.
Nolan, Mary and Misca, Gabriela (2018). A Review of Coping Strategies, Parenting Programmes and Psychological Therapies Available to Military Parents with Children Under 5. International Journal of Birth and Parent Education, 5 (4). pp. 10-14. ISSN 2054-0779 Online: 2054-0787