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Rush | Road Home Program

Military Families Study

The purpose of this study is to learn how traumatic stress affects military families. We hope that this study will help to improve care for military families affected by trauma.


Family Therapy

A family must meet the following criteria:

  • Father is a veteran or U.S. service member deployed in the U.S. military
  • Mother can be a veteran or civilian
  • Father experienced an event during deployment in which he or someone he cared about was in danger of death or serious injury
  • Father and mother are married or living together
  • Father and mother have at least one biological child between the ages of 7 and 16 years old
  • Father, mother, and child all agree to participate in the study

There are additional study requirements as well. If you are interested in the study, one of our team members will speak with you over the phone to learn more about you and your family to help figure out whether the study would be a good fit for you.

We believe that studying military families in which the mother deploys is very important. Because this is a small pilot study examining biological factors that would likely be very different in mothers and fathers, we had to limit our sample to deployed fathers. We are hoping this study will give us enough pilot data to conduct a larger study which would allow us to also look at mothers who have deployed.

There will be two visits to Rush that will each last about 2-3 hours.

During the visits, each family member will complete different tasks.

  • Fathers complete a psychological interview, questionnaires, and a computer task. They also provide saliva samples.
  • Mothers answer questions about themselves and their child in an interview and with questionnaires.
  • Children complete a psychological interview, questionnaires, computer tasks and provide saliva samples.

There are no invasive procedures and any family member can choose to stop the study at any time if they are not comfortable with the study procedures.

Yes. Families are compensated $350 total for their time. Families are also reimbursed for travel expenses (public transportation or parking at Rush).

After you complete the study, we can give you a brief summary of what we learned about your child’s mental health. We can also give you recommendations and referrals to help support your child and family’s well-being.

We know that military trauma doesn’t affect just the individual, it also affects the family. However, there is very little scientific work that tells us how this is happening. We hope that the information we learn from this study will help us to understand how to provide the best care to military families.

We will try to accommodate your schedule as much as possible. Visits often take place at Rush during normal business hours. We offer early evening hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We can also plan for you to come during school breaks. Although it’s often easier for families to come together, we can have different family members come at different times if that is preferable.


To learn more about how to participate in the study  Click Here
or call Hasan Mustafic at (312) 563-2561




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