Resource Discovery: Enhancements to the Family Lifestyle Survey

By Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD

The Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey, which has been conducted annually since 2009, has been enhanced to gather more information about the mental health of military families. The Institute of Veterans and Military Families collaborated in the development and administration of this year’s version of the survey. Additions include:

  • New survey questions about mental health including: depression, substance abuse and stress
  • Additional questions regarding veterans’ transition, education, and use of resources
Military personnel reading a book to children
[Flickr, 130304-N-SI773-359 by U.S. Department of Defense, CC BY-ND-NC 2.0]
Respondents to the online survey were primarily active duty and veterans’ spouses. Key concerns voiced by survey respondents focused on financial resources: military pay and benefits, changes in retirement, and military spouse employment. The impact of deployment on children was also a big concern, with 43% of active duty spouses reporting this as an issue. Uncertainty was also a highly reported issue, with 32% voicing concern over the uncertainty of military life.

Visit the Blue Star Families Military Family website for more information.

This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.

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