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Research participants sought

Researchers at Northumbria University are currently recruiting partners (married or cohabiting) of deployed service members to take part in a study exploring their experiences with stress, social support and ill health.This project has received ethical approval from the Postgraduate Psychology Ethics Committee, Northumbria University.

The project, called "The effect of social support on emotional and physical outcomes in civilian of deployed service members" aims to assess whether socially supported partners of deployed service members might be less vulnerable to feelings of stress and health complaints. 

Please note: You need to be over 18 years old to take part, and you must be the partner (married or cohabiting) of a deployed service member (e.g. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy). You are not eligible to take part if you have any long term physical illnesses/disabilities and/or mental health conditions.

Access the study here and for more information, please contact Researcher Rosie Locke, or Supervisor Brian Lovell, For ethics approval (including concerns or complaints), contact


  •  Posted on June 30, 2017

MFRI to take part in Bush Center "Stand-To"

MFRI Director Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth heads to Washington, D.C. Friday to take part in an event aimed to create better supports for veterans and their families.

The Bush Institute is convening more than 70 organizations for an event called Stand-To, a military term for a call to action: to prepare, equip with resources, receive orders, and move forward in a unified approach.

Since January, three Bush Institute-led veteran task force groups have focused on education, employment, and health and wellbeing - the three issues that research shows are key to a successful transition.

MacDermid Wadsworth, represending MFRI, is part of a task force made up of representatives from the business, non-profit, government and academic sectors. She and others will present their recommendations and offering an opportunity to find solutions and a unified common vision to improve veteran outcomes during a new administration and the road ahead.

  •  Posted on June 21, 2017

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army

Happy birthday to the U.S. Army!

Army traditions of “duty, honor, country” date back to the minutemen.  As the war between the colonies and Great Britain escalated, Congress formally established the Continental Army by nationalizing the colonial militias deployed around Boston and New York.

Founded on June 14, 1775, its first Commander-in-Chief was General George Washington.

MFRI joins a grateful nation as the U.S. Army celebrates its 242nd birthday today. We thank all – including those who have served, or serve currently – and their famiiles. Join the celebration by learning more about this institution – and take time to thank an Army veteran, service member or family member today.

  •  Posted on June 14, 2017

In honor of military spouses

May 12 is National Military Spouse Appreciation Day, a day to honor and celebrate those who support our troops during deployments, temporary duty assignments and the day-to-day responsibilities associated with military service.

Of the more than 1.1 million military spouses, an overwhelming majority are women (93% active duty, 87% reserves component). The Department of Defense reports that as a group, they are twice as likely as their civilian counterparts to finish high school. More than 50 percent have completed some form of higher education. And 12 percent also serve.

Beyond the numbers, research indicates that deployment, frequent moves and overarching characteristics of military employment shape the relationships between spouses and service members. That’s why we invite you to join us in thanking the nation’s military spouses. Explore our How to Help issues to see how you can make a difference in the lives of the silent heroes – not just on May 12, but on every day of the year.

  •  Posted on May 11, 2017

Support research for military, veteran families on Purdue Day of Giving

Your gift to MFRI will help sustain the work we do on behalf of military and veteran families. And it will be matched, dollar for dollar, thanks to a generous contribution from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, the College of Health and Human Sciences and the Office of the Provost. 

To give, navigate to Purdue Day of Giving and select "College of Health & Human Sciences" in the Participant Box. Then:

  • Select “Military Family Research Institute Endowed Fund” in the Fund Name Box.
  • Fill in Gift Amount.
  • Complete “Your Information”, “Additional Questions” and “Payment Details” sections.
  • Click on "Submit."

Thank you again for your support!

  •  Posted on April 26, 2017

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