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Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(1), 13; doi:10.3390/socsci6010013

Promoting Military Cultural Competence among Civilian Care Providers: Learning through Program Development

College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58201, USA
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Received: 7 September 2016 / Revised: 8 December 2016 / Accepted: 3 February 2017 / Published: 6 February 2017
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Abstract

Military veterans and their families belong to a unique subculture. Several studies have identified the need for helping professionals to attain military cultural competence in order to practice more effectively. In order to address this need, a Midwestern state created a military culture certificate program (MCCP). The process of developing this program is described. Eighty-two participants of the MCCP completed a pretest survey assessing their knowledge, awareness, and self-confidence in working with this population. The majority of the participants had experience working with this population already, and their survey scores indicated moderate knowledge and moderate to high levels of overall self-efficacy. Pre-test scores indicated ten areas (six in knowledge and four in self-efficacy) that may deserve increased focus for programs and trainings on military culture. While the MCCP appeared to be generally effective, findings suggest that convenient adjunctive methods of obtaining information to enhance military cultural competence would also be helpful. View Full-Text
Keywords: military; culture; helping professionals; education military; culture; helping professionals; education
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Nedegaard, R.; Zwilling, J. Promoting Military Cultural Competence among Civilian Care Providers: Learning through Program Development. Soc. Sci. 2017, 6, 13.

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