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Positive parenting and parenting satisfaction among post-9/11 veteran fathers

Jan 24, 2022

Most military and veteran families thrive, but research largely ignores the role of fathers. A recent Penn State study with a large sample of post-9/11 veteran fathers examined factors that were associated with positive parenting. Positive parenting includes providing a heathy environment, being a…

Survey Research Center names Miranda Kaye as new director

Jul 30, 2021

Miranda Kaye has been appointed as the new director at the Survey Research Center at Penn State. She will begin on Sept. 1, succeeding Diana Crom, who is retiring from Penn State after many years of service. Kaye completed her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University, her…

Protective factors help military families thrive

Mar 12, 2021

While some military families experience difficulties due PTSD, depression, and deployment disruptions, the majority of these families are functioning well. Researchers at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State are examining these thriving military families to better…

Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness Recognized as a Critical Resource

Mar 3, 2021

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State was recently recognized by a review published by the Journal of Youth Development (JYD) as a critical resource for youth-serving professionals. According to the review, the Clearinghouse delivers “a trusted, easy-to-navigate source of…

Adverse childhood and combat experiences may drive veterans' suicidal thoughts

Feb 28, 2021

The rate of suicide among post-9/11 military veterans has been rising for nearly a decade. While there are a number of factors associated with suicide, veterans have unique experiences that may contribute to them thinking about killing themselves. “Compared to their civilian peers, veterans are…

Support of military families essential to military personnel readiness

Feb 3, 2021

Report co-authored by Penn State faculty member recently cited in the National Defense Authorization Act Supporting the well-being of military families is essential to ensuring the readiness of military personnel, according to a report co-authored by a Penn State faculty member which was recently…

New report on The Veterans Metrics Initiative

Nov 13, 2020

Researchers at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State, including PI and SSRI cofund Daniel Perkins, have been partners in a longitudinal study of veterans known as The Veterans Metrics Initiative: Linking Program Components to Post-Military Well-Being (TVMI Study). The Henry…

Funding Renewed for Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness

Sep 22, 2020

Since its inception in 2010, the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State has provided professionals who deliver direct assistance to military families with information to help identify, select, and implement the right evidence-based programs and practices to address wide-ranging…

Post-9/11 veterans with moral injury are having trouble connecting to others

Jul 22, 2020

A recent study, led by researchers at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State, is the first to examine the relationship between moral injury and social well-being over a long period of time. The study included nearly 10,000 veterans who were followed for three years. Moral…

Childhood experiences and exposure to combat linked to poorer mental health

Jul 10, 2020

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are early life adversities that include exposure to abuse, neglect, and living in toxic environments. Exposure to ACEs is associated with physical and mental health, as well as developmental and behavioral problems. Individuals in the military are more likely to…

Penn State-led project works to help prevent violence in schools

May 12, 2020

Children in remote locations, including children in military families, can face a variety of struggles, including violence in schools and other environments. Penn State researchers developed a new publication that will assist schools in evaluating the violence prevention resources they may be using…

Perkins named to advisory committee for veterans services

Apr 9, 2020

Daniel Perkins, professor of family resiliency and policy and principal scientist and founder of the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State, was recently invited to serve on the Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on the Coordination of Veterans Services.…

Science, Solutions & a SEAL who survived being shot 27 times

Apr 8, 2020

The Henry M Jackson Foundation's Cynthia L. Gilman and Daniel F. Perkins, principal scientist and founder of the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State, explain how The Veteran Metrics Initiative (TVMI) works to ensure veteran programs actually help vets. And imagine surviving a…

Resources for military-connected schools

Apr 7, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools and families to adapt quickly and many resources are being created for school personnel and parents who have been thrust into new roles. Since the amount of information can be overwhelming, Schools Empowering At-Risk Students (SEAS) project with the …

Helping families as service members transition from military to civilian life

Mar 30, 2020

Military service is often associated with change and uncertainty for many military families, but one thing is certain — the service member will leave the military one day. Penn State researchers are working to help military spouses prepare with their service member for that transition. Led by the U…

Health services and programs being used by post-9/11 veterans

Mar 26, 2020

Providing quality healthcare to veterans with mental health issues is complex, especially given that there are some delays in receiving care from the VA system and veterans have a wider choice of healthcare options under the Veterans Choice Act/Veteran Community Care program. A recent study asked…

New study identifies which veterans are using programs to gain employment

Mar 23, 2020

Compared to veterans of other wars, those who have served since 9/11 have the highest unemployment rate, particularly among young male veterans. Within the first three months of disconnecting from active duty service, more than half of post-9/11 veterans reported using at least one program designed…

SSRI Fall Gathering 2019

Dec 1, 2019

Faculty and staff from all of SSRI's units recently gathered together at the Hintz Family Alumni Center to celebrate major accomplishments of the year and to announce staff awards. The “Above and Beyond Award” was given to Avery Urusow from the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness. Diane…

Clearinghouse staff participate in Penn State's Veterans Day ceremony

Nov 13, 2019

US Army Veteran Philip Ealy, left, implementation specialist with the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, and Renne Kotch, research and evaluation associate with the Clearinghouse and an active duty military spouse, stand at attention during the playing of the National Anthem at the start…

Equipping military kids with the tools they need to succeed

Nov 5, 2019

Teachers, school psychologists and counselors are frequently called upon to provide emotional support for students so they can achieve positive behavioral and academic outcomes. A new Penn State-led, five-year project will provide additional support for children of military families, who can be at…

SAFE-T Center expands efforts to support sexual assault nurse examiners

Oct 30, 2019

Sexual assault rates are higher in rural areas of Pennsylvania than in urban areas, yet many rural hospitals don’t have the resources to provide high-quality sexual assault care. A $2.4 million grant from the Pennsylvania Commission On Crime And Delinquency will expand the efforts of Penn State’s…

To Support Military Families, Pentagon Must Fix Fractured, Outdated Programs: Report

Jul 22, 2019

The Pentagon puts significant resources and effort into caring for military families, but the department lacks a coordinated approach and has failed to keep up with the population's changing demographics, researchers said in a new study published Friday. With the past two decades of war putting…

New report on strengthening the military family readiness system

Jul 15, 2019

On Friday, July 19, join co-author and SSRI cofunded faculty member Daniel Perkins for a webinar on the new report examining challenges and opportunities facing military families and what is known about effective strategies for supporting and protecting military children and families. Members of…

Researchers look to unlock post-traumatic stress disorder puzzle

Jul 2, 2019

A team of Penn State and University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine researchers is attempting to answer a question that has long puzzled experts: Why do some individuals suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing trauma, and others do not? The research, led by Nanyin Zhang,…

Why Social Science? - Because It Can Improve the Lives of Those Who Serve Our Country

Jun 20, 2019

By Leanne K. Knobloch, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Communication, University of Illinois & Steven R. Wilson, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Communication, University of South Florida Throughout our nation’s history, members of the U.S. military have served our country with honor, courage,…