Description: Broadly, the Deployment Life Study is designed to address several policy questions. First, how are deployments associated with family well-being and overall functioning? Second, what family- and individual-level factors can account for both positive and negative adaptation to deployment (i.e., what constitutes family readiness)? And third, what policies and programs can DoD develop to help families navigate the stress associated with deployment?
Mantram Repetition An Evidence-Based Complementary Practice for Military Personnel and Veterans in the 21st Century
Description: This research article examines the benefits of the use of mantram repetition in coping with stress, anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of PTSD. Year Published: 2016 http://r4alliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/C-Mantram-Repetition-An-Evidence-Based-Complementary-Practice-for-Military-Personnel-and-Veterans-in-the-21st-Century.pdf
Description:This article is a teaching tool with resources for identifying, adopting, and practicing mantram repetition as a therapeutic tool. Year Published: 2016 http://r4alliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/C-Spiritually-Enhanced-Mindful-Strategies-for-Symptom-Management-Mantram-Repetition-Program-.pdf
Description: This paper studies the practices of Team Red White and Blue, presents the underlying psychological, biological, and social theories that support Team RWB as an evidence-based, community health intervention, and provides the results of their program evaluation process.
Description:This study examines the link between employment rates for wheelchair users who play at least one year of adaptive sports vs. those who do not.
This narrative inquiry explored the community reintegration experiences of ill, injured, and disabled U.S. servicemen and women that served in the global war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. More specifically, the service member’s experiences and perspectives around engagement in adventure-based activities, the supportive communities that manifest around those activities, and the role or value of that experience in the reintegration process.
Investigation of the Impact of Sports, Exercise, and Recreation Participation on Psychosocial Outcomes in a Population of Veterans with Disabilities
Description:The aim of this study was to investigate possible effects that participation in sports, exercise, and recreation may have on self-esteem and quality-of-life in service members/veterans with disabilities. Year Published: 2015 http://r4alliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/C-Investigation-of-the-Impact-of-Sports-Exercise-and-Recreation-Participation-on-Psychosocial-Outcomes-in-a-Population-of-Veterans-with-Disabilities.pdf
Description: This article is a Disabled Veterans of America study on discrepancies in the availability of Women veterans specific services, and calls for a cultural change across VA and DoD services to recognize and accommodate women's needs.
Higher Ground – Outcomes of Participation in Outdoor Therapeutic Recreation for Injured Service Members
Description: This study examined the benefits of the Higher Ground - Therapeutic Recreation Model for veterans and their spouses. Superficially it measures severity of PTSD, rates of Post-Traumatic Growth, martial satisfaction, and coherence.
Description: This article offers the use of outdoor pursuits as a complementary therapy to resolve prolonged symptoms of PTSD.