Respond to Peers: Review several of your classmates’ posts and respond substantively to at least two of your peers by 11:59 p.m. on Day 7 of the week. You are encouraged to post your required replies earlier in the week to promote more meaningful interactive discourse. Ask questions that might help to further your understanding of the discussion or take the discussion to a deeper level. Your responses must include commentary in which you give examples of the pros and cons/advantages and disadvantages of the applied behavioral science methods discussed by our classmates. State whether or not you believe the information your classmates discuss would be appropriate to present to the targeted audiences identified. Explain why, or why not.
Continue to monitor the discussion forum until 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) on Day 7 of the week and respond to anyone who replies to your initial post. In addition to responding to at least two of your classmates, you are required to respond to any questions your instructor asks you prior to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) on Day 7.
#1 Charity Parker
12:45pmJan 11 at 12:45pm
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• Identify specific characteristics of your target audience.
My targeted audience is going to be military wives. My cousin Julie, is 24 years old, a mother of two, upset at times, happy at others, lives this life Sometimes the road you travel as a military wife, has it’s ups but sometimes it has it’s downs.
• Briefly define stress and give examples relevant to your target audience.
What is stress? Stress is the anxiety we may feel in tense situations.
The constant moving that comes with being a military family. The packing, un packing. The adjustment to a new place. New friends, new neighbors, new schools for your kids.
The feeling of loneliness, when your husband has been deployed to the other side of the country, and you are hardly able to talk to him on the phone.
• Discuss at least two specific stressors relevant to your target audience’s primary concerns.
Relationships- keeping a positive relationship with your husband who may be miles away. Trying to stay connected to him. Relationships with new friends, and then moving and having those friends ripped away from you, being replaced be new.
Constantly changing locations- My cousin, Julie a military wife, may be in Texas one day, and be packing up to move to Germany later that year. She has adapted to this way of living, but not easily at times.
Worrying about stability for your children. Will they like their new school? Will they make new friends?
Wiill they be completely torn apart if we make this next move? Or should we stay, and try the life of the family away from their father awhile? The limited calls, the loneliness that comes with that? Missing their father, you missing your husband. The feeling of emptiness, feeling alone.
Military wives face many stressers. When faced with deployment. There are choices, stay or move? If you choose to go with your husband.. or to ot make the next move, and stay back, for stability for your children . If you choose to they do that you may feel, You are basically raising your children on your own. Caring for them, feeling at times you are alone. These decisions you are faced with do not come easy at times.
• Describe healthy and unhealthy ways in which people may respond to the two stressors listed in #3 above.
Healthy ways- talking about the situation. Plugging into a good counselor, talking through feelings you may feel.
My cousin was able to find an awesome online support group, others experiencing the same thing that you are going through at times, help you come to realize you aren’t the only one going through this. And sometimes things seems unbareable, but somehow we always get through them.
Finding a hobby, keeping yourself busy. Taking time for yourself.
Unhealthy ways of dealing with this-
Keeping feelings bottled up. Not communicating about your feelings. Stress begins to consume you. You may hide it well, but it will catch up to you.
You may take out the anger on your children, or your spouse. Little things that do not have anything to even do with them, you may find yourself acting out your frustration on them.
• Select one specific skill a mental health professional might teach to help individuals cope effectively with stress.
Therapy- talking to a counselor. A counselor is”a professional relationship that empowers individuals families and groups to accomplish mental health Wellness education and career goals”( McCathy,DeLisa,Getsfeld,McCarthy,,Moss-King,Mosser, Privitera,Spence,Walker, Weinberg, Youssef-Morgan,2010, ch 2.1). They can help not only express your feelings, but they can help with setting goals.
Using Mindfulness – based stress Reduction can help with her stress. This technique has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety symptoms, regulate negative feelings and depression”( McCathy,DeLisa,Getsfeld,McCarthy,,Moss-King,Mosser, Privitera,Spence,Walker, Weinberg, Youssef-Morgan,2010, Ch. 4.3, par 21).
Finding a hobby- making time for yourself. Sometimes as a mother we get caught up in the role of being Mom. Sometimes a nurse, a teacher, a discipliner, The Cook, the housekeeper, even sometimes the referee. But it’s very important to remember who we are. What do you like to do for fun, or to help you relax? Always remember to make time for yourself, to reduce stress.
Communication with your husband every chance you get. Sometimes it really is the little things that count. One story for example my cousin I just got out of shower walks into her kitchen, to find a huge mess. Her at your all decided that he wanted to make treats for the family dog. Coming into the kitchen with flour everywhere, eggs cracked all over the floor.. the situation began to get her stressed. She was able to get the mess cleaned up, and realized what a story it would be for her husband who is Miles Away. It left a smile on his face for days if he talked about it with others.
• Define resilience and identify at least three factors associated with resilience.
Resilience is- being able to adapt to a situation.
Three factors –
Being strong-willed Embracing change,
• Identify at least three ways to build resilience.
Work on developing problem solving skills. Realize things do not always stay the same. we are not Superwoman, things sometimes will go wrong that we can not change.. but we can adapt.
Choose your outlook on things- is your glass half empty or half full?
Building positive beliefs- remembering why your husband enrolled and the military to start with. Remembering that You are not alone and others are going through the very same thing you are.
Learning to nurture yourself. Take the time to do things for yourself.
• Discuss the importance of flexibility in maintaining resilience.
In the life of a military family resilience is necessary. Life is constantly changing. You are moving, you may find yourself having to find new job after new job. You are adapting to Change all around. It is important to keep an open mind, and communication with those that we love. If we don’t , we find ourselves more stressed then necessary, and can shut down and distance relationships with those that we really love.
• List at least one online, print, video, and/or local resources in your community where participants may receive additional help in learning to effectively cope with life stressors and develop/enhance their resilience skills.
https://bluestarfam.org (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
I found this online resource to be very helpful for a military wife. They provide free resources, and services for military families. You can get connected to other families going through the exact same things you are experiencing. Realizing you are not alone. You do not face these battles alone.
McCarthy, C. J., DeLisi, M., Getzfeld, A. R., McCarthy, C. J., Moss-King, D. A., Mossler, R., Privitera, G. J., Spence, C., Walker, J. D., Weinberg, R. S., & Youssef-Morgan, C. M. (2016). Introduction to applied behavioral science [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/
#2 Carrie Langston
3:12pmJan 11 at 3:12pm
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Identify specific characteristics of your target audience.
My targeted audience are moms returning to school. This includes single moms and married mothers.
Briefly define stress and give examples relevant to your target audience. Discuss at least two specific stressors relevant to your target audience’s primary concerns.
I would define stress as anything that disturbs your peace of mind or causes a change in your regular life activities. One way this can be stressful is if you are a woman trying to find balance. You still must cook, clean, and take care of your children and your husband. Moreover, you must keep up with your school work. Another way this may cause stress is trying to find childcare if you are attending college on campus.
Describe healthy and unhealthy ways in which people may respond to the two stressors listed in #3 above.
A healthy way to deal with this stress is to reach out to family and ask for help in this time. An unhealthy way of dealing with this is to use drugs or over using alcohol.
Select one specific skill a mental health professional might teach to help individuals cope effectively with stress.
One skill a mental health professional might teach to help with managing this stress is time management and coming up with a realistic game plan. Also, he or she may suggest that you find a a group of friends with the same situation append time doing something fun on the weekend, a hobby or something like it.
Define resilience and identify at least three factors associated with resilience.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back after something happens.
Identify at least three ways to build resilience.
Being open minded
Never giving up
Discuss the importance of flexibility in maintaining resilience.
It is important to be flexible because life is always changing and the better you can adapt the better your chances of having low stress is.
List at least one online, print, video, and/or local resources in your community where participants may receive additional help in learning to effectively cope with life stressors and develop/enhance their resilience skills.
You can find more information on how to deal with being a college student and a mother at the same time at the following website: http://college.usatoday.com/2012/07/18/young-mothers-balance-college-and-parenting/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
http://college.usatoday.com/2012/07/18/young-mothers-balance-college-and-parenting/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Youssef-Morgan, C. M. (2016). Introduction to applied behavioral science [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/
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