Adolescents in Canadian Military Families

The Adolescents in Canadian Military Families research project is a quantitative/qualitative research project which will compare 600 children of regular and reserve Canadian Forces members, aged 10-19, based in the military communities of Oromocto and Edmonton, with their civilian peers, as measured by the National Longitudinal Survey on Children and Youth (NLSCY), on health and social development outcomes.

During the summer and fall of 2010, the team finished analyzing the survey and interview data and began planning for their late March 2011 joint symposium in Oromocto with their project partner, NB School District 17. 

They have also presented four conference papers and submitted four papers for publication. Two additional abstracts were submitted to the 2011 Fredericton CSA meetings, and both papers will be presented there.  One of the submitted papers is in press; the other three are at various stages of review and resubmission.

The two-day symposium, facilitated by Jennifer Phillips, took place at Days Inn in Oromocto on March 24 and 25, 2011.  The 30 attendees included most research team members, Oromocto High School and other District 17 representatives, and a representative from CFB Gagetown.  Symposium attendees discussed study findings, made policy recommendations, and considered strategies for implementation.  The symposium was a success.  It provided useful input into the emerging national dialogue among school boards in Canadian Forces (CF) communities regarding how to improve their services to the adolescents who have been affected by the Afghanistan mission, other deployments, and CF geographical transfers.  At the local level, follow up discussions are in place within District 17, and between the District and CFB Gagetown.  In connection with the symposium, UNB organized a press conference that was well attended.

The 18 recommendations from the symposium can be found in the document, Overview of Methodology, Key Findings, and Recommendations.

Researchers

  • Deborah Harrison, UNB (Primary Investigator)
  • Patrizia Albanese, Ryerson University (Co-investigator)
  • Rachel Berman, Ryerson University (Co-investigator)
  • Christine Newburn-Cook, University of Alberta (Co-investigator)
  • Karen Robson, York University (Co-investigator)