Understanding the Impact of Having a Military Father with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on Adolescent Children
Annual rept. 25 Sep 2014-24 Sep 2015
KINGS COLL LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)
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The primary objective of the study is to understand the impact of having a military father on adolescent children. We will examine the influence of paternal PTSD on adolescent children s emotional wellbeing and behavior and investigate whether adolescents whose fathers have PTSD experience a higher prevalence of psychiatric disorders, as measured by the Development and Well- Being Assessment DAWBA, compared to those whose fathers do not have PTSD. We will also examine the influence paternal PTSD has on parent child communication, family dynamics and functioning. In families where the father has PTSD, we will look at the quality of the relationship as measured by the Five Minute Speech Sample and Hot Topics paradigm and check for impaired family dynamics and functioning as measured by the Family Assessment Device FAD compared to families where the father does not have PTSD.