Kyle L. Kostelecky, PhD, CFLE
Assistant Dean for Extension
Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1997
(334) 844-3231| 334C Spidle Hall
The majority of my recent grant funded activity has involved working with military family service professionals and understanding military families within multiple contexts. The primary aim of this work is to meet specific professional development needs of the military family service professionals in the areas of personal finance, family development including early intervention for families with or at risk for special needs, military caregiving including families with lifespan special needs, family transitions, nutrition and wellness, community capacity building, and network literacy. This is made possible through creating engaged online communities that bring together military family service professionals from all branches of the U.S. military, Cooperative Extension staff that serve military families across the country, and community family service professionals that interact and engage with military families. A natural byproduct of this effort also strengthens the understanding of and skill level in using technology in the online work environment.
The foundation and primary theme of my long-standing academic research program was to examine through a life span perspective the networks and systems of healthy family, intergenerational relationship influences on behavior for older adolescents and young adults. My work exploring relationships throughout the life span has included the examination of the impact of life events that are associated with major transitions and how networks of relationships influence behavior. This line of research investigated the role of social support (family and non-family relationship networks) in the relationship between stressful life events and distress. The focus has been on the influence of normative age-graded and nonnormative life events on patterns of coping and adaptation. I have explored the associations between current life events, perceived family and non-family social support, level of distress in the form of depression, loneliness, delinquency, and substance abuse, and level of well-being in the form of happiness, satisfaction with life, life fulfillment, and self-esteem. These efforts have included an examination of intergenerational relationship solidarity between older adolescent and young adult grandchildren and their grandparents. Companionship, affection, admiration, intimacy, reliability, nurturance, aid, and other components of relationship solidarity were of interest to me.
In addition, I explore elements of online education, student motivation, service-learning, and teaching pedagogy within the context of post-secondary environments.