With ongoing operations in the Middle East, military families face a large amount of stress surrounding deployment. While many studies have been conducted on soldier mental health, few have been published on the health of their families and even less on their children. The present case studies examine the mental health of military children, the change in family environment, and the social supports dependent spouses use during deployment. Two families are presented in this study. One family represents an Army Reserve family and the other an Air Force family. By comparing scores to standardized scores, it was shown that mental health and family environment was affected during deployment. However, extraneous variables confounded results, making it difficult to determine the exact cause of the changes.


Sarah K. Sifers

First Committee Member

Carlos Panahon

Second Committee Member

Kimberly Zammitt

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)




Social and Behavioral Sciences

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