What is this study about?

We are working to understand how military couples think, feel, and communicate after reunion following deployment. We want to know about the ups and downs couples experience after homecoming.

What will the results be used for?

Our findings will be used to develop recommendations to help couples make a smooth transition from deployment to reintegration.

Who is conducting the study?

The lead researchers are twin sisters: Dr. Leanne Knobloch from the University of Illinois and Dr. Lynne Knobloch- Fedders from Marquette University. Teams of undergraduate and graduate students are helping out as well.

Who is funding the study?

Our study is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (Grant #W81XWH-14-2-0131).

Who was eligible to participate?

Individuals were are eligible if

  1. They were in a romantic relationship,
  2. They and/or their romantic partner returned home from deployment during the time recruitment was open,
  3. They completed the first survey within 7 days of the service member’s return home from deployment,
  4. Both of them had access to a secure Internet connection,
  5. Both of them had their own email account, and
  6. Both of them were willing to participate.

What did participants do?

They completed an online questionnaire once per month for eight consecutive months starting at reunion.

How long did the surveys take?

Each survey took approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Are you accepting new couples?

No. Our recruitment ended in August of 2015.