Sarah L. Friedman

Sarah L. Friedman

Washington DC

1. The George Washington University, USA; 2. Haifa University, Israel

Research Professor

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Published on Sep 03, 2018

New findings from the George Washington University

New findings from the George Washington UniversityUnfortunately, the plans for the distance communication research in Israel have been blocked, at least for now. At present, the Israeli military i...

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Published on Apr 29, 2018

The Israeli military is withholding its cooperation

On April 25, 2018, I received an email from one of the two investigators on the military two-person team, stating that higher-ups in the Israeli Defense Force determined that our proposed project a...

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Published on Jan 16, 2018

Great news! The Israeli Defense Force approved our research plan. It's own researchers will join our team in carrying out the work! We thank all the individuals who made this possible, including you.

Great news! The Israeli Defense Force approved our research plan. It's own researchers will join our team in carrying out the work! We thank all the individuals who made this possible, including...

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Published on Oct 01, 2017

Just submitted a proposal for collaborative research with the Israeli Defense Force,

Department of Behavioral Sciences (IDF)After our June discussions with Israeli military scientists and further deliberations and work, we submitted a joint proposal to the leadership of The Behavio...

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Published on Jul 03, 2017

One step at a time

Now that the surveys are translated from English to Hebrew and I am visiting in Israel, Meytal Eran Jona and I (Sarah L. Friedman) met with Israeli Defense Force (IDF) researchers to seek their col...

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Published on May 18, 2017

Status report. May 18, 2017

Thanks again to family, friends and colleagues who supported the project of translating from English to Hebrew three surveys about distance communications between Israeli military parents and their...

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Published on Dec 22, 2016

Thank you!

Many thanks to the individuals who made pledges on the "experiment" platform for research my colleagues and I will embark on in Israel. We have raised the amount we needed for the first step in our...

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Published on Nov 24, 2016

Our sample

We will recruit 250 families of Israeli Defense Force Nagadim and Officers of diverse military rank and educational background.  Research conducted in the US suggests that this number of families p...

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Published on Nov 15, 2016

Work already done on this project

1.  The investigators for the study were in contact with a mental health leader in the Israeli Defense Force, Dr. Lucian Laur, to discuss the extent to which our study would be useful to the Israel...

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One of our potential backers was concerned that our project was not peer reviewed. My answer was as followed: A parallel study conducted in the US was peer reviewed and a publication based on the US study was also peer reviewed. Our full research plan will be submitted to a funding agency and will be peer reviewed. But, before we submit the full research plan to a funding agency, we need to get the surveys translated professionally from English to Hebrew and then we need to collect and analyze some pilot data in Israel, where the duration of parental military absences are much shorter than in the US. So, our plan is to take one step at a time. First, we will translate the surveys and we ask our friends, colleagues and others interested in the science to support us. Another potential backer said that she is a pacifist and will not back research plans that propose to study the military. My response was that our study does not promote war. We seek to study parent-adolescent communication when parents are away from home and to find out the extent to which the quantity and the quality of these communications are associated with adolescents' well being.
Nov 21, 2016
Do adolescents do and feel better when their absent military parents communicate with them from afar and are supportive?
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One of our potential backers was concerned that our project was not peer reviewed. My answer was as followed: A parallel study conducted in the US was peer reviewed and a publication based on the US study was also peer reviewed. Our full research plan will be submitted to a funding agency and will be peer reviewed. But, before we submit the full research plan to a funding agency, we need to get the surveys translated from English to Hebrew and then we need to collect and analyze some pilot data in Israel, where the duration of absence are much shorter than in the US. So, our plan is to take one step at a time. First, we will translate the surveys and we ask our friends, colleagues and others interested in the science to support us. Another potential backer said that she is a pacifist and will not back research plans that propose to study the military. My response was that our study does not promote war. We seek to study parent-adolescent communication when parents are away from home and to find out the extent to which the quantity and the quality of these communications are associated with adolescents' well being.
Nov 21, 2016
Do adolescents do and feel better when their absent military parents communicate with them from afar and are supportive?
View comment
One of our potential backers was concerned that our project was not peer reviewed. My answer was as followed: A parallel study conducted in the US was peer reviewed and a publication based on the US study was also peer reviewed. Our full research plan will be submitted to a funding agency and will be peer reviewed. But, before we submit the full research plan to a funding agency, we need to get the surveys translated from English to Hebrew and then we need to collect and analyze some pilot data. So our plan is to take one step at a time. First, we will translate the surveys and we ask our friends, colleagues and others interested in the science to support us. Another potential backer said that she is a pacifist and will not back research plans that propose to study the military. My response was that our study does not promote war. We seek to study parent-adolescent communication when parents are away from home and to find out the extent to which the quantity and the quality of these communication are associated with adolescents' well being.
Nov 21, 2016
Do adolescents do and feel better when their absent military parents communicate with them from afar and are supportive?
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