The Family Study is a Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored project conducted at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC). The Family Study leverages data from the Millennium Cohort Study of service members, which was launched in 2001 in collaboration with all US military services and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Spanning more than a decade, the Millennium Cohort Study has become the largest population-based prospective health study in US military history, providing significant contributions to the understanding of the long-term health impacts of military service. Although the Family Study launched a decade later in 2011, as a component of the Millennium Cohort Program of research, it is currently the only ongoing DoD study of the health and relationship well-being of military families.
The primary study objective is to determine the impact of military experiences, including deployments, on family health and well-being, and to provide strategic evidence-based policy recommendations that inform leadership and guide interventions that positively impact military families.
The survey is based on a conceptual model that focuses on four broad areas:
(1) spouse physical health
(2) spouse mental health and adjustment
(3) spouse's reports of their children's mental/physical health and functioning
(4) family functioning and protective and vulnerability factors.
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