Project management (0 – 36 months) (WP1)

Project management will take place throughout the duration of the research and will be fully dedicated to the management of the project, communication with the supervisor, monitoring the activities, executing the financial and administrative control, reporting obligations, etc.

Dissemination and communication (0 – 36 months) (WP2)

Communication within the research group and with the stakeholders as well as military families (as object of the research) will take place throughout the whole duration of the project. The last six months will be devoted to distribution of results to the public and the expert and scientific communities, as well as to relevant stakeholders.

First phase (0 – 5 months) (WP3)

In the first phase, we will apply the qualitative methods to reach the first objective. In the first four months, we will analyse the national and institutional legal frame and state of the art as described in the Detailed description of the work plan. The aim of the first phase is the detailed study of negative health outcomes identified in foreign armed forces.

The second phase (6 – 14 months) (WP4)

We will discuss the health outcomes and risk/protective factors with relevant military stakeholders. The aim of the interviews is to discuss the presence of individual health outcomes and risk/protective factors among service members and their spouses. Afterwards, we will upgrade the model and prepare the questionnaire for the focus groups with selected military families. 

The third phase (15 – 30 months) (WP5)

After the conclusion of the first two phases, we will finalize the questionnaire. Obligatory inclusion criteria is that at least one of the parents is employed in the military and the family includes at least one child under the age of 18. To achieve the fourth objective, we will include the civilian sample. Afterwards, the data will be analysed using a statistical tool. We will identify the presence and the strength of health outcomes and risk protective factors on various socio-ecological levels. We will measure the strength of those factors and the impact on the negative health outcomes. We will be able to identify the actual military risk factors by comparing the civilian and the military sample.