Poster Title

Birds of a Feather: How Staying Connected Facilitates Resilience in Grieving Military Families

Major

Psychology

Minor

American Sign Language Studies

Institution

Eastern Kentucky University

KY House District #

84

KY Senate District #

29

Department

Department of Psychology

Abstract

We examined how the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) relates to the resilience of military family members grieving the loss of a serving loved one. For 691 participants receiving TAPS services we identified the top 10 percent and bottom 10 percent on resilience, using a resilience scale called the RS-14. We then examined their answers regarding how TAPS had affected their lives. Significant between-group differences were found across several questions. Taken together, involvement in TAPS, specifically working with others and fostering a social support network, is strongly related to higher resilience.

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Birds of a Feather: How Staying Connected Facilitates Resilience in Grieving Military Families

We examined how the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) relates to the resilience of military family members grieving the loss of a serving loved one. For 691 participants receiving TAPS services we identified the top 10 percent and bottom 10 percent on resilience, using a resilience scale called the RS-14. We then examined their answers regarding how TAPS had affected their lives. Significant between-group differences were found across several questions. Taken together, involvement in TAPS, specifically working with others and fostering a social support network, is strongly related to higher resilience.