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Thursday, April 12 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Military Deployment: Effects on Parent and Child Relationship

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This study examines the effects of a parental military deployment on the child and parent relationship. Specifically, it focuses on the effects during, and after the deployment, as well as the long-term effects on the parent and child’s relationship. Thus far, the literature on the effects of a military deployment have been studied in children during and after the deployment. However, there is a gap in the research regarding the long-term effects on the parent and child relationship, particularly in regards to communication patterns. Koerner and Fitzpatrick’s Family Communication Patterns theory provides a framework to understand families’ conversation orientation and the long-term effects the deployment will have on these families. The researcher conducted seven, semi-structured, interviews with students who have experienced a parental military deployment in their lifetime. Preliminary results suggest that the deployment has negative long-term effects on the child’s communication patterns, but positive effects on the relationship they have with their family.

Keywords: deployment, family communication, family’s conversation orientation

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Taylor Warner

My name is Taylor Warner. I am a senior anticipated to graduate at the end of April. I am a Communication major with a Spanish minor. I am a part of Graceland Student Government, Residence Life, and the Women's Soccer Program. I enjoy writing, poetry, and reading, and am especially... Read More →

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Dr. Raquel Moreira

Raquel Moreira is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Graceland. She received her PhD in Communication from the University of Denver.

Thursday April 12, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
106 Resch Reach Science and Technology Hall

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