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Adjustment of Children and Youth in Military Families: Toward Developmental Understandings
Article first published online: 28 AUG 2012
© 2012 The Author. Child Development Perspectives © 2012 The Society for Research in Child Development
Child Development Perspectives
Volume 6, Issue 4, pages 430–435, December 2012
How to Cite
Maholmes, V. (2012), Adjustment of Children and Youth in Military Families: Toward Developmental Understandings. Child Development Perspectives, 6: 430–435. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-8606.2012.00256.x
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 28 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 MAR 2012
- military families;
- child adjustment;
- parental deployment;
Nearly, 2 million children in the United States live in military families. Throughout all branches of the U.S. military since September 11, 2001, ca 700,000 children have had or currently have a parent deployed to the combat zones of Iraq or Afghanistan. As a result, researchers are paying increasing attention to the effects of military deployment on children and families. These facts and the changing landscape of military service point to the need to empirically examine the impact of parental military deployment on immediate and longer term child adjustment. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) recently initiated a research program to address these issues. This article draws on attachment and family stress theories as a frame for discussing the effects of parental deployment on child adjustment and family functioning and for outlining the NICHD research priorities. It discusses areas where developmental science can make important contributions as well as challenges for conducting research in military families.