Parental deployment creates stress for both the deployed parent and the family left behind. Approximately 815,354 active duty troops have family responsibilities and 613,997 have children. At any one time, approximately 700,000 children have a parent who is deployed.
Deployment creates changes in family roles and family functioning. Some families adapt easily to parental deployment whereas other families may struggle with these changes. For example, military deployment may affect the families of deployed service members in ways such as feelings of anxiety, sadness, loneliness, and even increased stress.
To help understand what resources may be needed or developed to support families with a deployed parent, this study will examine the effect of deployment upon children and non-deployed spouses. To learn more about participating in this study please visit the Our Program page.
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