Effectiveness of a multimedia outreach kit for families of wounded veterans

David Ian Walker, Jean François Cardin, Neelu Chawla, David Topp, Elvin Burton, Shelley Macdermid Wadsworth

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Background Young children in military families with a member who has a life changing injury can experience emotional difficulties and behavior changes. Objective This study evaluated a Sesame Workshop multimedia kit called: Talk, Listen, Connect: Changes (TLC-II(C); 2008). The kit, which included video and print materials, aimed to help caregivers (i.e., at-home partner, at-home relative or family member of a current or discharged military member) assist young children as they adjusted to their parent's injury. We expected that the materials would be used and their quality evaluated. We hypothesized that use of the materials would produce improvements in caregiver and child outcomes as well as reductions in perceptions of disruption in the home. We also predicted that kit-use would have a positive impact on the family. Methods One-hundred and fifty three families with children aged 2-8 years were randomly assigned to receive the kit being evaluated (TLC-II(C)) or a control kit (Healthy Habits for Life (HHL)), also developed by Sesame Workshop. Group outcomes were compared four weeks following receipt of the kits using multivariate analysis of variance. Results All materials were well used and highly rated. All caregivers reported less social isolation, less child aggression, and significantly less disruptive home environments after kit use. Test group caregivers reported significantly greater reductions in depressive symptoms and significant increases in children's social competence over time in comparison to the control group. Conclusions These results signal important improvements among families as a consequence of using either test or control materials. As a preventative intervention designed for families with an injured member, TLC-II(C) was particularly effective at improving coping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-225
Number of pages10
JournalDisability and Health Journal
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Multimedia
Caregivers
Sesamum
Education
Social Isolation
Wounds and Injuries
Aggression
Habits
Military Family
Analysis of Variance
Multivariate Analysis
Parents
Depression
Control Groups

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Effectiveness of a multimedia outreach kit for families of wounded veterans. / Walker, David Ian; Cardin, Jean François; Chawla, Neelu; Topp, David; Burton, Elvin; Macdermid Wadsworth, Shelley.

In: Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2, 01.01.2014, p. 216-225.

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Walker, DI, Cardin, JF, Chawla, N, Topp, D, Burton, E & Macdermid Wadsworth, S 2014, 'Effectiveness of a multimedia outreach kit for families of wounded veterans', Disability and Health Journal, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 216-225. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2013.11.004
Walker, David Ian ; Cardin, Jean François ; Chawla, Neelu ; Topp, David ; Burton, Elvin ; Macdermid Wadsworth, Shelley. / Effectiveness of a multimedia outreach kit for families of wounded veterans. In: Disability and Health Journal. 2014 ; Vol. 7, No. 2. pp. 216-225.
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