Understanding the Impact of Deployment on Children and Families

Findings from a Pilot Study of Operation Purple Camp Participants

by Anita Chandra, Rachel M. Burns, Terri Tanielian, Lisa H. Jaycox, Molly M. Scott

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Servicemembers' family members may experience significant stress related to deployment of their loved ones. Understanding how family members fare during and after servicemembers' deployment is critical for assessing the need for programs to serve these families and to design them appropriately. Researchers surveyed families attending a summer camp program that children with a deployed parent attend, to learn more about the experiences of deployment and to describe the functioning and well-being of children of deployed military personnel over time from the perspectives of the child and home caregiver.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    A Review of the Literature

  • Chapter Three

    Results of the Pilot Study at Operation Purple Camp

  • Chapter Four

    Conclusions

  • Appendix A

    Additional Sample Demographics

  • Appendix B

    Child Peer and Family Functioning

  • Appendix C

    Caregiver Hassles, Concerns

  • Appendix D

    Communication with Deployed Parent

  • Appendix E

    Experience of Deployment - Additional Tables

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