The National Military Family Bereavement Study

Bereavement_homepageThe National Military Family Bereavement Study is the first large scientific study of the impact of a U.S. service member death on surviving family members. The multi-disciplinary research team is led by Stephen J. Cozza, M.D., Associate Director of CSTS/Director of the Child and Family Program.

There is a lack of substantive research on the impact of the death of a family member serving in the U.S. military. The need to study individual and family bereavement when a U.S. military service member dies is critical to understanding the experience of grief and loss in this unique survivor population.

This study’s findings will help to provide a scientific basis to inform policies effecting survivor care. This study seeks to better understand the impact of a service member’s death on his or her family of origin and family of procreation. The study investigates the impact of community support and services on the bereaved and how available resources impact resilience or vulnerability in surviving families. Finally, this study builds on the growing evidence addressing the intersection of grief and trauma and its effects on military family member’s bereavement process.

For more information:  www.militarysurvivorstudy.org