University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Fathering after Deployment

In this podcast, Dr. Tova Walsh talks about the reunification process for fathers of young children returning from military deployment as they transition back into family roles. While reunification can be a very happy time, it can also be challenging as military fathers face parenting and relationship stresses alongside stress related to their deployments. Additionally, deactivated soldiers often experience a drop in pay and rates of unemployment that are higher than for their civilian peers, which may lead to economic strain for these families. The podcast is based on a study that Walsh and her coauthors published in the February 2014 issue of Health and Social Work and features discussion of the struggles returning servicemen experience in reconnecting to their partners and their young children.

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Family & Partnering, Family Structure, Parenting