Assessing the Needs of Children and Families of the Combat Injured

This 4-year study with primary sites at Walter Reed Army Medical center (WRAMC) and San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) is designed to longitudinally investigate the impact of combat injury on military families along 5 major dimensions of parent and family functioning: 1) child and parent distress;  2) parent/child/family functioning; 3) parent-child/ family communication; 4) alterations to family schedule and structure; and, 5) long term impact of injury on child, parent and family interaction. The study will follow families through three points over the course of one year to gain insight into the long term recovery process of the combat injured.