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 Military Families Project



     University of Houston


What is the Military Families Project?

The Military Families Study is a research study funded by the Department of Defense's U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command. This is a multi-site study being conducted by the University of Houston, University of Central Florida, and University of Hawaii. This study will examine the effects of deployment stress upon children and non-deployed spouses using biological (saliva sample) and psychology measures (interview and paper measures).

What is the purpose of this study?

This study will examine how military deployment affects children (ages 7 to 17 years) and non-deployed spouses using biological and psychological measures of stress, clinical interviews, and assessment of family, social, and academic functioning.

This research has three specific aims:


(1) To compare psychological symptoms, stressful behaviors and functional impairment among children of deployment parents, children on non-deployed parents, divorced/separated parents, and two parent families.


(2) To compare parental psychology stress and parenting stress in these same four groups.


(3) To determine the relationship between parental emotional stress/distress and children's response to stress.


Ultimately, we will use data we collect from this research to develop an early intervention/prevention program based on identified problems.

This project has been reviewed by the University of Houston Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (713) 743-9204

Who is eligible to participate?

Certain families with children between the ages of 7 and 17 are eligible to participate.  Four types of families are eligible to participate: 

  1. ​Military families with a deployed parent.
  2. Military families with a non-deployed parent. 
  3. ​Civilian families with two parents in the home.
  4. Civilian families with recently separated/divorced parents.