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Study Gives Parenting Techniques To Guard Families

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new study at the University of Minnesota is helping military parents deal with the stress of parenting — on top of the stress of returning from deployment.

The five-year study will teach parenting techniques to National Guard families with soldiers who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports that over the next few years, university researchers will recruit 400 families with children between the ages of 5 and 12. Some will learn the new techniques. Others will get resources normally given to military parents.

Researchers will follow the families to test the program’s effectiveness.

The $3.2 million study is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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