Overview

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Welcome to the National Guard Family Program e-learning lesson on connecting with teens during the deployment cycle. By understanding the natural pattern of adolescent development, you can develop strategies to increase protective factors to build greater resilience in teens. You can also better understand why the effects of deployment can present a variety of challenges for teens. At the end of this lesson, you will be able to define components of typical adolescent development, identify stressors teens may need to cope with during deployment, and specify ways to build protective factors to increase positive outcomes in teens.

Understanding adolescent development will help you connect with teens.

This lesson will address typical adolescent development and provide strategies to increase protective factors to build resilience in teens. Teenagers are all unique individuals and can exhibit a variety of responses to the deployment of a parent. Here, you’ll learn about the impact of deployment on teens, some of the difficulties they experience, and some of the factors that can lead to more promising outcomes. Teens in National Guard families can have more unique challenges because they lack the natural support systems that exist for families who live on military installations.

This lesson will help you better communicate with teens during deployments.

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Define components of typical adolescent development.
  • Identify stressors teens may need to cope with during deployment.
  • Specify ways to build protective factors to increase positive outcomes in teens.