Adequate Resources for Military Families with Deployment-Related Stress?
|February 21, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Children and Family, Research||
A report from RAND gives insight into the challenges faced by families of deployed military personnel. A sample of over 1,100 youth (11 to 17 years old) and their caregiver or parent participated in this study that examined emotional, social and academic functioning and challenges during periods of parental military deployment.
Findings from the study include:
- Thirty percent of youth experienced symptoms of anxiety – symptoms serious enough to require additional assessment – but those symptoms declined over the duration of the study.
- Longer lengths of parental deployments pre-study were associated with more severe challenges reported by youth during the study period.
- The emotional well-being of the caregiver was linked to the youth’s social, emotional and academic outcomes.
A multitude of active and reserve military families across the country are facing the challenges of having a parent/spouse in the stressful cycle of deployment and reintegration. The report points out that families living far from military bases or associated with the National Guard may not have adequate access to support services and socialization opportunities with other families in similar situations. Do these families get lost in the shuffle? Has your organization reached out to military families, included them in existing programs or referred them to support groups, networks or other resources?
Study Citation: Chandra, Anita , Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Lisa H. Jaycox, Terri Tanielian, Bing Han, Rachel M. Burns and Teague Ruder. Views from the Homefront: How Military Youth and Spouses Are Coping with Deployment. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2011. http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9568.