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Child stress authority to address impact of military deployments

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Abigail Gewirtz

NDSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Science is set to host a talk by Abigail Gewirtz of the University of Minnesota as part of the ninth annual Gertrude Weigum Hinsz Lecture Series.

Her presentation, “Strengthening Families of Those Who Serve: Results of the After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT) Study,” is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Century Theater.

The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

The annual lecture invites a distinguished scholar to NDSU to address important topics for children and families.

Gewirtz is the Lindahl Leadership Professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Family Social Science and Institute of Child Development and director of the Institute of Translational Research in Children's Mental Health. She also is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Psychology, and gives seminars nationally and internationally on children, stress, trauma, resilience and prevention science.

Her lecture will describe how deployment to war is a significant stressor not only for service members, but for their spouses, partners and children. Data from the past decade show a parent's deployment is a risk factor for emotional and behavioral problems among children of all ages, as well as for spouses and the service members themselves.

Gewirtz will present data from her program of research on deployment and military families, with a focus on the results of a randomized effectiveness trial of a parenting program, called ADAPT, to support post-deployment military families with school-aged children.

A reception will follow in the Memorial Union’s Butte Lounge.

For more information, contact Sean Brotherson at 701-231-6143 or

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