An Evaluation of U.S. Military Non-Medical Counseling Programs
Oct 23, 2017
A Look at Non-Medical Counseling Programs in the U.S. Military
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In addition to the normal challenges experienced by most families, military families confront unique stresses relating to frequent moves and lengthy deployments, increased responsibilities for the non-deployed spouse, and strains on relationships due to extended absences. Since 2004, the U.S. Department of Defense has offered non-medical counseling through two programs: Military and Family Life Counseling (MFLC) and Military OneSource. A recent evaluation of these programs suggests that military personnel and their families find them to be helpful and beneficial.
are likely to use the program again
were satisfied with continuity of care
reported that counselors were knowledgeable
reported that counselors listened to them carefully
experienced a reduction in problem severity
experienced a reduction in interference with daily routines
experienced a reduction in feeling stressed or anxious
Excerpted from An Evaluation of U.S. Military Non-Medical Counseling Programs, by Thomas E. Trail, Laurie T. Martin, Lane F. Burgette, Linnea Warren May, Ammarah Mahmud, Nupur Nanda, Anita Chandra, Santa Monica, Calif: RAND Corporation, RR-1861-OSD, 2017 (available at www.rand.org/t/RR1861).
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