Military Families

A clinical research study investigating the effects of military deployment on families.

What is the purpose of this study?

CaptureDeployment creates changes in family roles and family functioning. Some families adapt easily to parental deployment whereas other families may struggle with these changes. To help understand what resources may be needed or developed to support families experiencing deployment, this study will examine the effect of deployment upon children and non- deployed spouses.
This study was mentioned in a Northwestern University Article, click here to view.

You and your children will be interviewed by our staff and complete surveys examining parent and child strengths, childrens’ social and academic functioning and overall family functioning. Biological and psychological measures of stress will also be collected. The study will last about 10 hours spread over one week.

Who can participate in this study?

There are four types of families who can participate:

1) Military family with a deployed parent
2) Military family with no deployed parent
3) Civilian family with parents who are divorced or separated
4) Civilian family with two parents in the home

Parents and children between ages 7 and 17 can participate in this research study. Compensation for time to participate in this study is available.

How can I learn more about this program?

If you are interested in learning more about this study, you may contact Dr. Deborah Beidel directly at:

Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP
University of Central Florida
Department of Psychology
Telephone: (407) 823-3254
Telefax: (407) 823-5862
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