Deployment and child abuse and neglect: Understanding the data
Gunty, A., Richmond, A., Lu, Z., Otto, M., Williams, R., Jaeger, E.,...Borden, L. M. (2016). Deployment and child abuse and neglect: Understanding the data. Report submitted to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Abstract Created by REACH:
The examination of rates of child abuse and neglect in military families generally and during the deployment cycle specifically as well as the exploration of general risk and protective factors have significant implications for policies, programs, and future research. Policies and programs can work to establish best practices, disseminate knowledge, and support military families when they most need it. More research is needed to establish a thorough understanding of the existence of abuse and neglect within military families at all times, including during the deployment cycle. This report summarizes an extensive literature search of multiple databases and search engines to provide a thorough analysis of six peer-reviewed, empirical studies of the direct association between deployment and child abuse and neglect in U.S. Military families.
Branch of Service:
Active duty service member
Child of a service member or veteran
Childhood (birth - 12 yrs)
Neonatal (birth - 1 mo)
Infancy (2 - 23 mo)
Preschool age (2 -5 yrs)
School age (6 - 12 yrs)
Adolescence (13 - 17 yrs)
Review of Literature
Borden, Lynne M., Gunty, Amy, Jaeger, Emily, Lu, Zihui, Otto, Mark, Richmond, Adeya, Roeske, Rachel, Wilcox, Shelby, Williams, Rhiannon
The Military REACH Team
Department of Family Social Science, The University of Minnesota, LMB
The University of Minnesota
REACH Publication Type:
Developed in collaboration with the Department of Defense’s Office of Family Policy, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture under The University of Minnesota Award No. 2013-48710-21515.