Deployment Support for Children
We know that Deployments can be an emotional experience for all the family and understanding the stages and feelings involved can help parents, carers and schools to support children and young people.
The Emotional Cycle of Deployment is a model that was developed for Naval families by Kathleen Vestal Logan in 1987. While times have moved on and operating patterns have changed, it is still a helpful tool in understanding and explaining changes in feelings and behaviour resulting from deployment. There will be individual differences in how people feel, and each deployment will be different.
We’ve considered how the Emotional Cycle of Deployment might help us to understand children’s behaviour and some strategies that can help children at different stages, in our downloadable resource for parents, carers and schools, which you can view here.