Editors Sharon M. Ballard and Alan C. Taylor bridge the gap between research and practice by examining and presenting key strategies for working with diverse populations, including those based on race and ethnicity, family structure, geographic location, and context. By defining 11 diverse groups and presenting their strengths and unique cultural characteristics, the editors present an evidence-based practice approach with each chapter, prescribing the best practices for working with these diverse groups in regard to general family life education (FLE) needs, educator characteristics, ethical considerations, marketing and recruitment, modes of learning, and environmental considerations. This book is essential for students who are preparing to work with families, as well as professionals engaging in FLE activities with diverse populations.
Chapter 5: Family Life Education with Military Families
Family Life Education with Military Families
Family life education with military families offers unique settings and opportunities for innovative programming and projects. We are part of a collaborative project titled “Essential Life Skills for Military Families.” Our perspective is informed by research, shaped by our personal experiences with the military, and humbled by their sacrifices. One of us, the daughter of a World War II veteran, has spent the past 7 years engaged in family life education with military families, first with the Citizen Soldier Support Project and later as director of the Essential Life Skills for Military Families project. Another, the wife of a navy chaplain, has 30 years ...