Research on Children in Military Families: The Impact of Parental Military Deployment and Reintegration on Child and Family Functioning

This funding opportunity announcement aims to encourage interdisciplinary studies on the impact of parental military deployment, combat-related stress and reintegration with the family on child social and affective development outcomes as well as on family functioning. Research questions can include, but are not limited to:

  • What effect does the anticipation of deployment or multiple deployments have on family functioning and child adjustment?
  • Are there gender differences in the ways in which combat-related stress affects family functioning and child adjustment outcomes? Are there specific impacts on child adjustment when the mother or female head of household is deployed?
  • Are there family/child vulnerabilities or risk factors that are exacerbated by parental military deployment, combat-related stress, and reintegration with families? Are there protective factors that may buffer against challenges associated with combat-related stress?
  • What are the long term consequences of parental deployment, separation, and reintegration on child development outcomes?
  • To what extent does combat-related stress and co-morbid conditions such as substance use disorders, depression, sleep disturbance, and other anxiety disorders have an impact on parenting?

There is no limit on application budgets, but proposals should reflect the actual needs of the project. The maximum project period is 5 years. Applications follow the R01 research grant cycle and are due February 5, June 5 and October 5 annually until May 8, 2014. For more information, see the link below:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-200.html

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