Krystal Hegg, Hood College
Under the supervision of Dr. Joy Ernst, Ph.D., Hood College

Purpose of the Study: I am interested in learning what stressors affect military spouses during deployments and what military resources and other coping mechanisms are used to deal with these stressors.
Who may participate: You are invited to participate in this study if you meet the following criteria:
1) You are currently married to or in a relationship with someone who is currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces (including activated Guard and Reserve members).
2) Your active-duty spouse or significant other is currently deployed or has been deployed for a period of three months or longer since September 11, 2001.

Description of Study: Military couples are frequently separated for long periods of time during deployments. During time apart, spouses and significant others are faced with different stressors thoughout the different stages of deployment. Military spouses and significant others use different resources to cope with these stressors. This study involves completing a self-report survey. You are asked to indicate the extent to which you use certain types of stressors effect you during a deployment. You are also asked to indicate if and which resources and coping mechanisms you have used throughtout the deployment stages or during non-deployment times. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the questions, you are advised to not discuss this questionnaire with anyone. It should take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
Benefits of Study:The results of this research may assist future approaches to improve military resources/programs availble to support military families during deployments and beyond.

Risks or Discomforts: Some of the questions address sensitive issues, such as regret, about your relationship with your spouse. If you choose to complete the survey, be sure to complete this questionnaire privately. You are free not to discontinue your participation at any time. If any question(s) bring up thoughts or feelings that you wish to discuss, you may contact the National Helpline Network at (800) 784-2433 to obtain referrals to local non-profit organizations or community services that offer publicly available psychological or counseling services in your area.

Anonymity: Your participation in this study is completely anonymous. In no way will your name, email address, or any other identifying information be linked with your responses.

Voluntary Nature of Participation: Participation in this study is voluntary. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw your consent and to stop your participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are allowed.

Incentives: You will receive no compensation for completing this survey.

Questions about the Study? Contact the following investigator: Krystal Hegg at 301-401-5074. If you have questions regarding your rights as a human subject and participant in this study, you may contact Joy Ernst,Hood College Institutional Review Board at
By submitting your responses to the survey you are indicating that you have read the information in this document and have had a chance to ask questions about the study. It also indicates that you agree to be in the study. You have been told that by agreeing to participate that you are not giving up any of your legal rights.

Thank you in advance for your assistance!