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2017-2018 ReACH/IIMS Pilot Grant The Impact of Caregiving on the Children of Military Caregivers: An Exploratory Study

Project Team

  • PI: Belinda Hernandez, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science, University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus
  • Academic Mentor and Co-Investigator: Melissa Peskin, PhD - Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science, University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus
  • Academic Mentor and Co-Investigator: Roxana Delgado, PhD - Department of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
  • Data Manager/StatisticianRobert Addy, PhD - Faculty Associate, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science, University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus
  • Graduate Research Assistant: Jennifer Ish

Project Abstract

There are over 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers providing informal care and support to current and former U.S. service members, of which 20% (1.1 million) are supporting service members who served post September 11, 2001 (9/11). A caregiver is an individual who may be a family member, friend, or neighbor, who provides a broad range of care and assistance for, or manages care of, an individual with a disabling wound, injury, or illness (physical or mental). A military caregiver is an individual (e.g., spouse or parent) who is providing care to a current or former member of the U.S. Armed Forces. Although previous studies have demonstrated that caregiving adversely impacts military caregivers’ physical and mental health, familial relationships, and parenting, the impact of military caregiving on their children is unknown. This is concerning given studies published among civilian populations have demonstrated that caregivers’ children experience similar adverse outcomes as adult caregivers. Up to 39% of military caregivers have a child under the age of 18 years living with them; thus, studies assessing the impact of military caregiving on their children are critically and urgently needed. The purpose of this pilot study is to better understand how caregiving impacts the health and well-being military caregivers’ children. Specifically, this study will (1) assess the prevalence of psychological, social, behavioral, and academic adverse outcomes among military caregivers’ children compared to military non-caregivers’ children (with healthy parents) and (2) identify the correlates associated with adverse psychological, social, behavioral, and academic outcomes, while adjusting for other covariates, among military caregivers’ children. To accomplish these aims we will collaborate with the National Military Family Association to recruit approximately 3000 military-connected children, who are living in caregiving and non-caregiving households, and administer a short survey assessing psychological, social, behavioral, and academic outcomes. We will conduct descriptive analyses and logistic regression modeling, controlling for demographic characteristics, to examine differences in outcomes between children of military caregivers and non-caregivers and identify correlates. This pilot study is significant and innovative because it will be among the first and largest studies to examine the impact of caregiving among military caregivers’ children. The findings from this study will inform the direction of future research among this population and are particularly relevant to South Texas given the large military population present.

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