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Military Brats

Analysis of the Military Brat Culture

Naomi Nakashima

on 15 December 2012

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Overcoming These Challenges Many military brats are collaborating with the Department of Defense in an effort to train nonmilitary schools to be better equipped to handle military students. Current Studies National Military Family Bereavement Study http://www.militarybratlife.com/
http://www.veteransadvantage.com/cms/content/military-brats References Bruce Willis
Shaquille O'Neal
Reese Witherspoon
Bill Cosby
Jessica Alba
Kris Kristopherson Famous Military Brats Military Brats Child
Selfish Unique Challenges Facing Military Brats The Feeling of not belonging to a certain culture or place Giving up the ID Card Parental Separation Reunification and Reintegration Trauma of parental injury or death (similar to PTSD in adults) Military Brats come together to provide support and encouragement to each other where other children and peers fail to understand. Many military brats subscribe to the idea that they are part of something that is larger than themselves, and idea that leads to a source of pride and accomplishment. Military brats avoid behaviors that may separate them from other military brats - such as racism Military brats start to recognize ideals of responsibility and social interest earlier than many civilian children When one member joins, the whole family serves An individual who grew up with a parent / guardian who has / had a career. Generally moved frequently and occasionally lived overseas. Part of the TCKs (Third Culture Kids) - A term that encompasses missionary children, foreign service children and military children Describes children who mostly grew up in cultures besides the one of their parents. There are anywhere between 9 - 15 Million Military Brats in the United States today Moving from place to place Lacking opportunities to build long-lasting friendships and relationships Do not often learn about coping with stressful social situations Often find it difficult to pursue extracurricular activities or interests Stress involved with fearing for parents' lives on a near-daily basis often exacerbates these other challenges Have a lot expected of them, especially for behavior and maturity Child and Family Trauma Program: A Study of Combat Injured Families The Military is more than a lifestyle American Culture Military Culture It is a culture with its own norms and values Democratic
Individualistic Autocratic
Interdependence Challenges in Counseling Military Brats Have learned to rely on Military Personnel and Services Don't believe that civilians understand the culture Cannot often make long term commitments Exchange of care between stations, quality and availability Stigma associated, everything reflects back on the parents Brief Therapy Skills Training "Local" Resources Transitional Help Solution-Focused
May only get a couple of sessions
Miracle and Scaling questions
Life Tasks
Positive / Negative Cycle
Look for Exceptions
Focus on behavior that is working
May not reach the mistaken belief in time Coping
Relaxation Techniques
Build Social Interest
Reflections and Consultations Family Readiness Group (FRG)
Family Assistance Center (FAC)
Get to know them Name and resources of the new station
Reintegrating a parent coming home from deployment
Getting ready for a parent to leave for deployment
Adjusting to new school and environment Mature
Well-Behaved Generating a Culturally Relative Helping Model Strategy or Theory Characteristics of a Respectful Multicultural Counseling Framework Define culture broadly: including gender, affectional orientation, age, etc.
Recognize the dangers of stereotyping
Recognize the impact of language as a vehicle of counseling and therapy
Encourage loyalty to one's own culture and family ties
Be prepared to provide appropriate and timely information on the process of inculturation Discuss the importance of gender roles
Facilitate each individual's identity development as a member of a culture (very Adlerian)
Foster self-esteem and awareness (Adler's encouragement approach)
Facilitate the individual's understanding of one's own worldview and how it relates to family and cultural history (very Adlerian) Parents' jobs reflect back on the kids (anti-war scenarios)
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