Optimizing and Validating a Brief Assessment for Identifying Children of Service Members at Risk for Psychological Health Problems Following Parent Deployment
Annual rept. 15 Jun 2012-14 Jun 2013
WAYNE STATE UNIV DETROIT MI
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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 will follow 230 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 and family functioning, and parent functioning. Spouses complete questionnaires regarding childrens psych health and development at pre- mid- and post-time points. Children participate through doll and puppet play interview. Teacher ratings of the child are collected at all three timepoints. The objectives of this study are to 1 Determine the impact of Service Member s post-deployment psychological health on children ages 4 to 7 years old, and 2 Identify those particular Service Member s Psychological Health-related symptoms that place children at risk for negative outcomes and assess the means by which these symptoms undermine children s adjustment directly by the Service Member and indirectly via negative impact on the Spouse. Current progress includes successful IRB review and survey development. The PI has changed institution and the award is to be transferred to her new institution.
- Medicine and Medical Research