Our aim is to understand how service members and their families are coping with deployment experiences. In many cases, families are resilient and bounce back after a deployment, but we do find that in some cases, families struggle. By studying the impact of deployment on families, we hope to lay the groundwork for prevention and intervention programs for service members and their families before, during, and following combat deployments.

Project CAPS is currently recruiting families of Marines who are scheduled to deploy in the next 6 months with a child between the ages of 4 and 7 years old.

Contact us to see if you are eligible! Your family could earn up to $975 as a thank you for your time and participation.

About this study:

The Child Adjustment to Parental Deployment (Project CAPS) study is funded by the Department of Defense.

Families participating help us learn how deployment separations and experiences influence their relationships with each other and how they impact their children’s well-being. We also want to understand what helps some military families be strong and resilient in the face of deployments

Understanding these relationships will help us develop better prevention and intervention programs to support service members and their families.

What will I be asked to do?

  • The service member and their spouse will be asked to complete brief online surveys about their family’s well-being.
  • This study has four home visits: one before deployment, one during deployment, one 4-6 weeks after deployment, and one 6 months after deployment.
  • We schedule home visits around your schedule so they are convenient for you.
  • The visit will consist of a brief interview with both parents and your child will play short games with our researchers, and you.
  • The service member will not need to participate during deployment.
  • Families can earn up to $975 over the course of the study.

If you are interested in participating in our family visit study, please send us a note!