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The impact of military life experiences, including deployment, on the health and well-being of service members and the potential consequences for mental and physical illnesses and injuries has been well documented. Less well understood are the consequences of military life stress on the spouses and children of military personnel. Considerable research indicates that families are resilient, but it is also clear that family dynamics and overall well-being can significantly impact service members. To better understand this critical interdependency, more research is needed about the relationship of military experiences to spouse and child health, and overall family functioning.
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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