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Optimizing and Validating a Brief Assessment for Identifing Children of Service Members at Risk for Psychological Health Problems Following Parent Deployment

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Technical Report,15 Jun 2012,31 Aug 2019

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Wayne State University Detroit United States

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Parental deployment can disrupt the care children receive both as a result of deployment-related separation and the potentially destabilizing impact of deployment on the remaining caregiver and daily routines. This study follows 97 intact military families with a child between 4-7 years in a longitudinal pre- mid- and post-deployment study. At pre- and post-deployment, Service Members and their Spouses complete questionnaires and interviews regarding their psychological health, marital, family and parent functioning. Spouses complete questionnaires regarding childrens psychological health and development at pre- mid- and post-timepoints. Children participate through doll and puppet play interviews. The objectives of this study are to 1 Determine the impact of Service Members post-deployment psychological health on children ages 4 to 7 years old, and 2 Identify those particular Service Members Psychological Health-related symptoms that place children at risk for negative outcomes and assess the means by which these symptoms undermine childrens adjustment directly by the Service Member and indirectly via negative impact on the Spouse. Data collection is almost complete with some families completing the post-deployment phase of the study and data analysis and coding to be completed.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Psychology

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