UH Military Families Project
Military Families Project

What is the Military Families Project?

The Military Families Project 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 at the University of Houston, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Hawaii. This study will examine the effects of deployment stress upon children and non-deployed spouses using biological (saliva sample) and psychological 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 deployed parents, children of non-deployed parents, divorced/separated parents and two parent families.

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

(3) To determine the relationship between parental emotional stress/distress and children’s responses 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